Last week the House of Representatives voted 111-42 to pass a version of the DeLeo/Dempsey plan, but with a few concessions:
  • There is a 30-day negotiation period for making changes to the plan. This means municipal authorities present their version of the plan, then negotiate with the municipal employee unions for 30 days.
  • If at the end of the negotiating period, the parties have agreed on the details, then 10% of the estimated savings will go to the employee union members for a health care program they decide on. If the parties have not agreed, then 20% of the annual savings goes into an account to offset the cost of "high utilizers."
  • Local approval is required. This means that the board of aldermen or council members of each municipality must vote to institute the plan in that municipality. Depending on the municipality, this could prove to be a sticking point.
Step 1. See how your representative voted here. Then contact your representative to thank them for supporting reform, or to express your disappointment if they didn't.

Step 2. The Senate House & Ways Committee will come out with its version of the 2012 Budget within a month or so, and it will have its own version of Municipal Health Care Reform. Voters Count will issue an Action Alert at that time.

Read more about it here.


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