According to today's Globe, fourteen cities and towns that have joined the state health insurance plan have saved a total of $30 million in the first year alone, according to a report by the Boston Foundation.  "Going into the GIC has saved my city $3 million,’’ said Mayor Robert Dolan of Melrose, which joined the commission last year. “It’s the real deal.’’ Other communities cited in the report include Quincy, which says it saved $10 million its first year in the state system; Weymouth, $6 million; Watertown, $2.4 million; and Millis, $425,000.


08/04/2010 06:28

This is great news! Our cities and towns are in huge budget difficulties, and the state has no more resources to help. Joining GIC could make a big difference for cities and towns.

Disconcerting, however, were the comments from union members and officials as to why they oppose GIC. Nationwide, the average employee of state and local governments is paid almost 50% more than an employee in the private sector (including benefits, see For city employees to then say they can't do without $5 copays is insulting to me as a taxpayer.

Every town that could save money with GIC should at least try to get it -- if they can't, at least voters would have important information about why their town is in trouble.

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