GIC Alert

GIC is Shifting Costs to Employees...Again.

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Once again, our healthcare is under attack.

On January 4, the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) released a report that included recommendations to increase deductibles, raise prescription drug costs and change the design of healthcare plans for public employees.

The following week, MOSES joined with other public employee unions in pushing to delay the implementation of these recommendations until after the GIC holds a public hearing on the proposed changes. Despite our collective effort, as well as support from House and Senate leadership, on Thursday, January 19, the GIC voted to provide provisional approval for these recommendations. These changes may cost your family hundreds of dollars each year.

Here is what the GIC voted on.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Attend the public hearing. Given the GIC's initial approval of these cost shifts, it is critical that MOSES members make their opposition heard at a public hearing on February 1 at 12:30 - 2:30 pm (Rabb Hall, Boston Public Library). We strongly urge everyone who can to attend this hearing to come and protest the unfair increases in medical costs for public employees. 

Submit testimony. If you are unable to attend in person, submitting a short, written testimony for the record is helpful. This is an opportunity to tell your personal story or express your concerns about how increases in deductibles and co-pays will affect your families' budget! Here are some suggested talk/email points to include in your call/email.

Please let our Legislative Director, Liz Murphy, know if you can attend the hearing in person or if you are willing to submit written testimony (emurphy@moses-ma.org) or call with questions (617.367.2727 ext. 318).

Share this image. The chart below shows clearly how cost "sharing" is really cost shifting. Beginning in 2009, public employees have steadily taken on a higher percent of their healthcare costs while the state has steadily decreased its share. In 2016, public employees paid the highest share to date - nearly 28% - of the costs, while the state paid their lowest - 72%. The proposed GIC changes would continue and accelerate these trend lines in the wrong directions.

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