Menino Reaches Deal On Health Insurance

Mayor Thomas Menino today announced a deal with Boston's public employee unions that could save the city about $1.5 million per month on health insurance costs, The Boston Globe reports, or up to $70 million over four years.

The deal, which still has to be approved by union members, has three key elements:

1. A 2.5 percent increase in the employee premium contribution, which will be phased in over a two-year period. This increase will apply to all active employees as well as to retirees who are enrolled in a non-Medicare health plan.

2. Plan design changes which will include: increasing pharmaceutical, office visit, and emergency room co-payments. The plan design changes also create a tiered office visit co-payment based upon whether the enrollee is utilizing the services of a primary care physician or a specialist.

3. A 1 percent increase in the retiree contribution to Medicare health plans that will go into effect at the end of the four-year period.

This program aired on April 14, 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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