Apr 28, 2015

House Votes Down 80/20 GIC Amendment

Late Monday night, April 27, House of Representatives rejected an amendment that would have equalized the premium split that state employees pay for their health insurance through the GIC.
 
Amendment #903, which was written by NAGE and offered by Rep. Tackey Chan (D-Quincy), would have required all state employees to pay 20% of their premium costs, instead of the staggered system that now charges later hires 25%. While the amendment did not pass, House members did hold the line against plans to increase the premiums for all state employees to 25%.
 
The fight for health care cost parity for all state employees will continue in the Senate when senators take up their budget.
 
We want to thank Rep. Chan and the rest of the representatives who sponsored Amendment #903 for standing up for the people who keep the Commonwealth working, and we encourage you to thank them, as well:
 
·         Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville)
·         Rep. Ruth Balser (D-Newton)
·         Rep. Thomas Calter (D-Kingston)
·         Rep. Paul Mark (D-Peru)
·         Rep. Michael Day (D-Stoneham)
·         Rep. James O’Day (D-West Boylston)
·         Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham)
·         Rep. Steve Ultrino (D-Malden)
·         Rep. Frank Moran (D-Lawrence)
·         Rep. Paul Heroux (D-Attleboro)
·         Rep. Frank Smizik (D-Brookline)
·         Rep. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen)
·         Rep. Angelo Puppolo, Jr. (D-Springfield)
·         Rep. Gloria Fox (D-Boston)
·         Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton)
·         Rep. James Dwyer (D-Woburn)
·         Rep. Daniel Donahue (D-Worcester)
·         Rep. Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge)
·         Rep. John Rogers (D-Norwood)
·         Rep. Jay Livingstone (D-Boston)
·         Rep. Daniel Ryan (D-Charlestown)
·         Rep. Antonio Cabral (D-New Bedford)
·         Rep. Michael Brady (D-Brockton)

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