On November 30, Mayor Menino filed a home rule petition with the Boston City Council to take BTU members’ health insurance “ and that of all city employees “ out of collective bargaining. A new GIC Commission would set all co-pays, deductibles, and all out-of-pocket expenses. The petition entitled: An Act Relative to the Establishment of the City of Boston Group Insurance Commission:
“…provides for the formation of a Commission that will be charged with the duty of selecting health insurance plans for the employees of the City of Boston. The Commission will be comprised of both management and union representatives who will work together to contain rising health costs and ensure the sustainability of health insurance for City employees and retirees and their dependants.”
This proposal will likely cost the typical city employee anywhere from $500 to $2,000 per year. The proposal was actively promoted by the Boston Foundation. (See here.) This proposal will be fought at City Council and in the state legislature.