Mayor wants to accept law allowing city to revamp health plans without union agreement

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Mayor Scott D. Galvin is proposing that the city accept a state law that allows municipalities to revamp their health plans without union agreement. Galvin this past week submitted the proposal to the City Council, which was expected to refer it to committee for review. The 2011 local option law sets out a process for cities and towns to make changes to their deductibles, copays, or other health plan features provided they are comparable to those offered by the state’s Group Insurance Commission system. The law also allows communities to transfer to the Group Insurance Commission system. In a letter to the council, Galvin said the law is “one of the most beneficial tools afforded to cities and towns in decades, and has achieved substantial savings for communities and has helped preserve essential government jobs and services.” He said based on conservative estimates, adoption of the law would save Woburn more than $1.5 million in the first year alone.

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