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Council 4 Hails Passage of Health Care Pooling Law
Council 4 News Release
The House voted 82-61 in favor of the measure tonight, a week after the Senate voted 21-14 in the affirmative.
“This bill is a win-win scenario,” said Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano. “By applying the principal of bulk purchasing to health care, the legislature has taken a bold step forward to help municipalities rein in rising costs while providing taxpayers with significant savings and ensuring employees access to quality, affordable coverage.”
SB 913 is headed to the Governor’s desk. Council 4, whose membership includes state, local government and board of education employees, is calling on the Governor to put his signature on SB 913.
“Health care has become an extraordinarily costly and contentious issue at the bargaining table in cities and towns across the state,” Luciano said. “We urge Governor Malloy to sign the bill into law because it will provide municipal employers with major relief should they choose to join the state health care plan. The time has come for true health care pooling.”
What does buying into the state plan “at cost” mean?
What is the impact on the state plan?
What happens if the state pool is expanded?
What is the broader impact of SB 913?
For example, the Comptroller looked at the health insurance costs in Middletown and found that if the town joined the state plan, they'd reduce insurance costs by 9%! That's money Middletown taxpayers are giving to insurance corporations as pure profit that should instead be going toward protecting local services and reducing property taxes.
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