The Boston Globe today editoralized on the need for municipal health care reform, including a call to the State Legislature to adopt “plan design” for localities. The Globe wrote a two part series highlighting the unsustainable cost of municipal health care, and it is crystal clear from reading the numbers that this system is pushing us all towards bankruptcy. It remains astounding that despite these numbers the Legislature will not grant to municipalities the same “plan design control” that they themselves utilize in managing the State plan. They continue to insist on a 70% union approval threshhold for localities to join the GIC, and they will not do plan design, so what is left???? I know that I have posted many entries on this, but there is not a more important issue for cities and towns. From the Globe editorial:
Cities and towns should be given the same ability to design their health plans, without municipal worker union approvals, as the state now employs for its own workers. The inefficiency is costing taxpayers as much as $100 million a year, according to the Massachusetts Municipal Association. A bill in the House offers a solution that is fair to both employees and the people who pay their salaries. It would give municipalities the authority to design their own health plans, including raising copays and deductibles, provided that recipients get coverage on par with state workers. Another good reform would be to allow city and town officials to enroll their workers in the state Group Insurance Commission plan without first getting union approval.
Read the first of the two part Globe series on municipal health care costs here.
Read the second part of the Globe Series here.
Read the Globe editorial here.