Governor Patrick announced yesterday that he will file budget amendments regarding municipal health care reform on Monday. Read his statement here.

According to the Globe, Governor Patrick and the leaders of the Senate and House have agreed on a few changes, which Patrick will announce as an amendment on Monday and the legislature will most likely approve expeditiously (read the article here). The compromise seems to have broad support from the legislature, unions and municipal groups (You can read the MMA's statement in support of the measures here). Governor Patrick says the changes are meant to "enrich labor’s role in that process without diminishing the substance of the reform."

The changes make it necessary for municipalities to show that switching employees to the GIC would save 5% more than local plan design. They also increase the size of the cost mitigation fund intended to help subscribers with higher costs, and extend the moratorium on increasing costs for retirees to three years rather than two.


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