Governor Patrick has appointed NAGE National Vice President Margaret Thompson to serve on the Group Insurance Commission. Thompson is also the president of NAGE Local 229, which represents Probation Officers.
"Margaret does an outstanding job representing members. She's hardworking, conscientious, and dedicated to improving the lives of her members and the people she serves. She'll do an equally outstanding job representing the interests of all Massachusetts state employees and retirees who receive benefits from the GIC," said National President David Holway.
Thompson will join GIC commissioner and NAGE attorney Richard Waring on the board. NAGE is the only labor union to have two representatives on the GIC.
Waring said, “We (commission) make major decisions that impact the lives of employees, retirees and survivors. It's important to have our members well represented on the commission, and I know Margaret will do an excellent job."
"I am honored to have been appointed to the GIC," said Thompson. "I look forward to working with Richard and all the commissioners to ensure that state employees and retirees receive the health benefits they have earned and deserve. I will do my best to represent the interests of NAGE Trial Court members and all employees to the fullest extent possible."
The Group Insurance Commission is a quasi-independent state agency governed by a seventeen-member Commission appointed by the Governor. The GIC was established by the Legislature in 1955 to provide and administer health insurance and other benefits to the Commonwealth's employees and retirees, and their dependents and survivors.