|Health plan participants requiring complex care would be referred to Mass. General, Brigham and Women’s, or MassGeneral Hospital for Children. (ABC/ DONNA SVENNEVIK)|
For years now, small businesses have complained about the big annual premium increases they faced for health insurance. Two years ago, state policy-makers agreed to let small companies form purchasing cooperatives to bargain for better rates. Now that experiment is paying off. New health plans announced last week will help members of the first such cooperative save at least 20 percent. Those small businesses have every reason to be pleased, but they should share the new savings with employees.