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GIC Holds Rates Increases to 3.2%

While most employees are paying at least 9-10% more for health insurance this year, the state's Group Insurance Commission is holding rate increases to just over 3%. The GIC is holding down premiums by keeping administrative expenses essentially flat, finding more ways to manage patient care and by increasing or beginning co-payments for a range of services. GIC director Dolores Mitchell says she hopes the changes make patients more aware of how much health care costs.

"That’s part of what co-pays and deductibles are intended to be. To raise people’s consciences that they are getting very expensive services and to at least think about it. But I don’t want to make it a barrier that keeps people from getting the care that they should get."

The GIC covers more than 300,000 state employees and their dependents. There’s a push from some municipal leaders to save money by moving their workers into the program.

This program aired on April 6, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

Martha Bebinger Twitter Reporter
Martha Bebinger covers health care and other general assignments for WBUR.

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