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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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Massachusetts Health Connector's 'Hidden Gems' Tour Visits North Adams

During Open Enrollment, current Health Connector members can shop for new coverage that could be more affordable or better meet their needs, and those without insurance can apply for coverage – often with subsidies making it more affordable.

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Cheshire Selectman May Change Health Insurance Options For Officials

The Selectmen agreed Tuesday that it may be beneficial to eliminate future elected officials' health insurance to save money. The issue arose during discussions over the salary review the town is currently undergoing.

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Mount Greylock Retirees Address School Committee on Health Insurance

Several dozen current and retired employees of the Mount Greylock Regional School District attended last week's School Committee meeting to voice concerns that the district might unilaterally raise the percentage of health care costs borne by retirees.

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Lanesborough Looks To Raise Retirees' Share of Health Insurance

Town officials are looking to increase the percentage retirees pay in health care as a way to save the town money. The Board of Selectmen peppered attorney Adam Dupere with questions Monday night about Supreme Court rulings which give municipalities the ability to change the split without re-negotiations or a vote at town meeting.

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