GIC Reconsiders Vote, But We Need to Keep the Pressure On

At last week’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC) hearing, President O’Brien and the executive board vocalized the concerns of the membership and criticized the GIC for dropping Tufts Health Plan, Fallon, and Harvard Pilgrim from their list of insurance carriers.

Thanks to all those who responded to our requests to reach out to the GIC, Governor’s office, and your local legislators. As a result of all our efforts, the GIC said it would reconsider its decision at their next meeting on February 1. Although this is good news, we need to keep the pressure on. See below for ways to be involved.

Rally TODAY (Tuesday January 30) from 5-7pm 
Meet at the Boston Teachers Union Hall to speak out with members of public sector unions and allies to protect benefits and reform the GIC. 180 Mount Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA 02125

GIC Oversight Hearing on Wednesday January 31 at 11am
The Senate Ways & Means Committee will hold a GIC Oversight Hearing on Wednesday, January 31st. The hearing is open to the public, so please attend and be sure to visit your State Representative and Senator to push for GIC reform!

GIC Meeting on Thursday, February 1 at 8:30am 
Commissioners will take up a motion to reconsider the previous decision to drop insurance carriers and keep the current plan offerings. The meeting is at the State Transportation Building. If you plan to attend, be aware that due to the size of the room you may be turned away.

In Solidarity,

The Executive Board
Boston Carmen’s Union, Local 589

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