Feb 01, 2018

Union Pressure on GIC Results In Vote to Reverse Healthcare Decision

Earlier today, the GIC voted to reverse their decision of January 18th and will continue to offer Fallon, Tufts and Harvard Pilgrim health plans to NAGE members and other commercial subscribers!  These options will be available alongside Unicare, Health New England and Neighborhood Health Plan.
 
NAGE representatives attended the GIC meeting to hear the discussion before and after the vote.  The commission first moved to vote on reconsidering their previous decision to eliminate Tufts, Fallon and Harvard Pilgrim as healthcare options for GIC subscribers.  The vote was passed with 12 in favor and 2 against. 

The outrage from Union Leaders and members alike led to the reconsideration of the GIC's decision.   At the public hearings after the GIC's decision was announced, members turned out by the hundreds to express their anger and fear.  One of the most prevalent statements that was taken to heart by the GIC was that many with preexisting conditions were afraid that they would lose their doctors with whom they have built relationships. 

President Holway sent a public letter to GIC Executive Director Roberta Herman filled with words that hit close to home for so many across the Commonwealth (letter can be found HERE).  President Holway's sentiments were further expressed at the GIC Oversight Hearing, where he was invited to share the concerns of NAGE members with the Senate.  Testimony footage can be found HERE.  
 
The commissioners were asked to vote on replacing Plan A - the reduced carrier plan that was voted through on the 18th, with Plan B, which included the options of Tufts, Fallon and Harvard Pilgrim for commercial subscribers.  Plan B was voted through, allowing commercial subscribers to the GIC the options of Tufts, Fallon and Harvard Pilgrim along with Unicare, Health New England and Neighborhood Health Plan.  You can view the outline of Plan B below.  

We would like to thank the labor commissioners for standing strong on this issue from the beginning, and never ceasing to be a voice for our members.  

Please see footage below from the two votes that took place this morning. 
We will keep you updated as things progress with the votes on Plan Design and Rates.  

 

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