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01/09/2018
 
Posted By: John Killoy

Our health insurance costs have continued to rise year after year, while covering less and less. The ones who are feeling the pain are the dedicated state and municipal workers who are faced with uncertainty and confusion as plans are constantly changing and costs continue to go up.

AFSCME Council 93 has been working in coalition with other public-sector unions on legislation that would help stop cost shifting by increasing labor's representation on the GIC board, cap annual out-of-pocket expenses, and place all state and higher education workers at an 80/20 premium contribution rate split. Council 93 is working hard at the State House, but it is important that the GIC hears from the workers that are directly impacted by the policies and decisions made by the commissioners.

Starting next week you can make your voice heard and bring your issues directly to the GIC at one of nine GIC Public Hearings from January 19th-29 throughout the commonwealth.

Please be sure to RSVP to secure your attendance.
RSVP (required) to: gic.events@massmail.state.ma.us

If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend or participate in these events please email your request to the GIC's ADA Coordinator, GIC.ADA.Requests@MassMail.State.MA.US, no later than Friday 1/12/18. (An accommodation will not be assured if a request is not made in a timely manner).

GIC Public Hearings DATES and LOCATIONS

Friday, January 19

3:00 – 4:30 PM
WORCESTER | CENTRAL
Worcester State University
May Street Building, Banquet Hall
260 May Street
Worcester, MA 01602
Parking: Lot D – May Street; Lot Q – Chandler Street Lot
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Monday, January 22
10:00 – 11:30 AM
SPRINGFIELD | SOUTHWEST
Springfield State Office Building
Conference Room, B42
436 Dwight Street
Springfield, MA 01103
Parking: Metered street parking around state building
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Tuesday, January 23
4:30 – 6:00 PM
GREENFIELD | NORTHWEST
Greenfield Middle School
Auditorium
195 Federal Street, STE 100
Greenfield, MA 01301
Parking: open lots around school
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Wednesday, January 24
10:00 – 11:30 AM
PITTSFIELD | WEST
Berkshire Athenaeum: Pittsfield's Public Library
Library Auditorium, Basement
One Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Parking: Limited parking in lot; street parking
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Thursday, January 25
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
BOSTON | EAST
Charles Hurley Building
Minihan Hall
19 Staniford Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Thursday, January 25
5:00 – 6:30 PM
LOWELL | NORTHEAST
UMass Lowell
O'Leary Library*, Room 222 (South Campus
)61 Wilder Street
Lowell, MA 01854
Parking: Wilder Lot/Visitor Metered Parking Lot
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Friday, January 26
10:00 – 11:30 AM
DARTMOUTH | SOUTHEAST
UMass Dartmouth
Woodland Commons, Conference Room #1-3
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
Parking: Lot #7

Friday, January 26
2:30 – 4:00 PM
CAPE & ISLANDS | SOUTHEAST
Hyannis Youth & Community Center Shepley Community Room
141 Bassett Lane
Hyannis, MA 02601
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Monday, January 29
12:00 – 1:30 PM
BOSTON | EAST
Charles Hurley Building
Minihan Hall
19 Staniford Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02114




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