Report: Health Benefits Cannibalizing Municipal Budget

The average family plan for a municipal worker is almost $21,000, 37 percent more than coverage companies buy, according to the report. Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer tells WBUR's Bob Oakes that these high-cost plans are cannibalizing municipal budgets.

“If we want to preserve those services and the jobs of union members, then we should give municipal officials the powers to change plan design, go from $5 to $20 co-pays, for example, outside of collective bargaining,” Widmer says.

Union leaders are fighting such legislation. They say workers have agreed to lower wage increases in exchange for generous insurance.

Read the full report here.

This program aired on April 5, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for WBUR. She is working on a memoir about rebuilding her family after her husband’s suicide. 



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