Sep 21, 2017

NAGE EVP Theresa McGoldrick Advocates for Changes at the Group Insurance Commission

    As health insurance costs and premiums continue to skyrocket, and the GIC continues to shift a larger and larger percentage of that cost onto the backs of state employees, NAGE National Executive Vice President Theresa McGoldrick offered stirring testimony to support the working families of Massachusetts.  EVP McGoldrick’s testimony before the Joint Committee on Public Service encouraged support for a number of legislative initiatives aimed at controlling costs and providing a greater voice at the commission on behalf of our working families. 

“I receive phone calls every day, emails, letters, I talk to members and they plead with me to do something about this,” stated McGoldrick.  “Many of them tell me that they will forgo medical treatment, surgeries needed and prescriptions for themselves and their loved ones because they have to put food on the table and they can’t afford for healthcare to take precedent.  It’s not right.” 
EVP McGoldrick urged members of the legislature to support for the following bills:
House Bill 1352
Filed by: Representative Tackey Chan
·       Would require the GIC to conduct at least one hearing prior to any plan design changes (such as increasing co-pays or deductible) 
House Bill 1440 & House Bill 2569
Filed by: Representative Angelo Puppolo & Representative Paul Mark
·       Both bills will set caps on out-of-pocket health costs (co-pays and deductibles)
o   Currently, the caps are $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for families in the indemnity plan
§  $5,000 and $10,000 for all other plans
o   HB 1440 would set caps at $2,000 and $4,000
o   HB 2569 would set caps at $2,500 and $5,000
House Bill 2525 & Senate Bill 1406
Filed by: Representative Dan Cullinane & the late Senator Ken Donnelly
·       Increase labor’s voice on the commission by creating a commission with 9 management seats and 8 labor side seats.  
Senate Bill 1407
Filed by: the late Senator Ken Donnelly
·       Equalize the health insurance premium split at 80/20 for all state workers

NAGE's legislative team will continue to advocate for these changes and will update you with additional information as the legislative process continues.

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