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GIC to Reconsider Reduction to Health Insurance Portfolio

The GIC may reverse course on its decision to slash the number of health insurance companies in its portfolio in half. Last Thursday the Group Insurance Commission, which administers health insurance to more than 400,000 state, school, and municipal employees, voted to decrease its options from six to three for active employees. GIC leadership said the move would save some $20.8 million.

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Letter: City Council Health Care Benefits Must Cease

A recent public records request revealed that although in 2010 the change was made by Mayor Alcombright to discontinue health insurance benefits for board members, City Council members continue to be offered health insurance benefits at a significant expense to the taxpayers of North Adams.

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Cheshire Eliminates Insurance for Elected Officials

After months of deliberation, the board unanimously voted Tuesday to eliminate insurance for those who work less than 20 hours a week for the town in order to save money.

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Massachusetts Health Connector Begins Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment starts on Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 23, 2018, longer than the Nov. 1-Dec. 15 federal deadline, and is consistent with past Massachusetts Open Enrollment periods. The Health Connector is planning a number of other outreach and enrollment support activities this year that mirrors the Exchange’s past commitment to comprehensive Open Enrollment activities.

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Non-Binding Question Asks Lanesborough to Hike Retiree Health-Care Premiums

John Goerlach worked 20 years in the town's Highway Department so when he retired, part of his health insurance will come from the town's budget. Goerlach will be paying 15 percent of the premium with the town picking up the rest. Goerlach is now a Selectman, a decade after leaving the town's employment, and he's tasked with managing the finances. Because of conflict of interest laws, he cannot vote to increase the percentage retirees pay for benefits.

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Health Connector Launches Insurance Enrollment Drive in North Adams

Health Connector officials are urging citizens to explore their health insurance options during this enrollment season. Open enrollment runs from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. With expected rises in health insurance premiums under the federal Affordable Care Act, it behooves people to look over their plans and update their accounts. The word from the Health Connector is it's the time to shop for the best plan.

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