Last week, the Senate Ways & Means Committee released their version of the budget for fiscal year 2012. The budget contains a plan for municipal health care reform that looks similar, but not identical, to the House plan. It includes provisions for a 30-day negotiating period (with more room for input from employee committees than the House plan), an impartial three-member panel to settle any undecided changes after the 30-day period, and the requirement of local approval for adoption. If the plan proposed by a municipality puts a greater portion of the cost onto employees than the average GIC plan does, then the panel can consider proposals that unions put forward. Two thirds of estimated savings are guaranteed to the municipalities.

For a great explanation of the measures included, read the MMA's summary here. For an updated version of our own point-by-point comparison of all the proposed plans, click here.


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