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Mayor Asks For Change to Save Money on Health Insurance

Mayor Scott Galvin said accepting the Massachusetts Health Care Reform local option would allow Woburn to make changes to co-pays, deductibles and tiering.

Mayor Scott Galvin. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Mayor Scott Galvin. Photo credit: Patch file photo.

Mayor Scott Galvin will ask the Woburn City Council on Tuesday to accept a local option that will allow the City to make changes to the health insurance plan design for city employees without engaging in collective bargaining.

Galvin said the local option will allow Woburn to make changes to co-pays, deductibles and tiering. This will not change employee contributions, which “would still be the subject to traditional bargaining,” said Galvin in a letter to the City Council.

“This the same way that plan design changes are implemented for every employee that works for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” he said.

The Massachusetts Health Care Reform that became law in 2011 “is one of the most beneficial tools afforded to cities and towns in decades, and has achieved substantial savings for communities and has helped preserve essential government jobs and services,” he said.

Gov. Deval Patrick’s office said that more than 260 communities and school districts are now part of the program and have saved more than $237 million on health insurance premiums in one year, according to Galvin.

Galvin estimates Woburn could save more than $1.5 million in the first year if the City Council approves the option.

The mayor will make a presentation to the City Council during Tuesday’s meeting. The City Council will not vote on the matter, but will refer the matter to a committee.

Shannon Sevier February 06, 2014 at 04:43 PM
Ellie ,lisa and Janet the Patch just posted the article about his letter to the Times read that and comment at will. He has alot of nerve
Ellie February 06, 2014 at 07:28 PM
Shannon. I can't find it on patch. I read his comments in last nite s paper. He has sunk pretty low. He has no interest in helping anyone but himself. I talk to a few people today they are furious. Over what he presented to the council. Thank goodness we have gately and the other few to watch out for the city and it's residents.
GMan Extreme February 06, 2014 at 09:27 PM
Boo! Bad. Mayor! Boo! Boo!
Ellie February 06, 2014 at 09:31 PM
Are. You. For real ??
GMan Extreme February 06, 2014 at 10:44 PM
What. Does. That. Even mean?

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