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According to the research, Boston could have reduced its 2010 health premiums by between 15.6 and 17.1 percent, for a savings of between $41.4 and $45.4 million by joining the state’s Group Insurance Commission, more widely known as the GIC. The City is unable to join the GIC, however, without first receiving 70% union approval, according to state law. This requirement and the associated tradeoffs involved are a major barrier to municipal participation in the GIC. Several cities and towns including Boston have called for cities and towns to have the same ability as the state to design health insurance plans.


The First in a Series of Occasional Reports About Bringing Systemic Change to Scale in an Era of Limited Resources.

Part of the Boston Foundation's Understand Boston series of forums, events, and research providing information and insight into Boston issues.


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