CITY OF WORCESTER
Municipal Operations Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Convened: 5:10 P.M.
Adjourned: 7:00 P.M.
Konstantina B. Lukes
Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford
|Chairperson Philip P Palmieri |
|Councilor Paul P Clancy Jr|
|Councilor Frederick C Rushton |
City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts
|Present Were:||Chairperson Councilor Philip P. Palmieri|
Councilor Paul P. Clancy, Jr.
Councilor Frederick C. Rushton
|Also:||Councilor Barbara G. Haller|
Councilor Dennis L. Irish
Council Gary Rosen
Councillor Michael C. Perotto
Councilor Joffrey A. Smith
Acting CFO Robert Allard
City Auditor James A. DelSignore
Exec. Sec. Worcester Retirement Board Elizabeth Early
Acting Director Human Resources Kathleen Johnson
City Clerk David J. Rushford
Representatives of Blue Cross and Fallon
Health Insurance Reform
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication regarding M.G.L. Chapter 32B, Section 18: recommend Communication be referred to Municipal Operations Committee.
# 13e CC June 05, 2007
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Upon the Communication of James A. DelSignore, City Auditor, transmitting communication relative to the schedules showing estimated savings that would accrue to the City if certain changes were made to employee and retiree health plans by adopting MGL Chapter 32B Section 18 and by decreasing the City's share of premiums from 80% to 75% for various groups not affected by Section 18: recommend Communication be referred to Municipal Operations Committee.
# 13f CC June 05, 2007
1. Edward Pietrewicz, Worcester Resident
2. Judith Roy, Leicester Resident
3. Fran Petty, Worcester Reisdent
4. Richard Pickett, Worcester Resident
5. Ed McGovern, Worcester Resident
6. George Shattuck, Oxford Resident
7. Sean Maher, Worcester Resident
Request City Manager report to City Council whether the City is entitled to know other sources of income that retirees might be receiving.
Request City Manager report to City Council whether a Home Rule petition could modify M.G.L. Ch. 32B, Section 18 to allow for a sliding scale of premiums with subscribers paying more according to their total income package.
Request the Executive Director of the Worcester Retirement System provide the City Council with data revealing the years of services for those subscribing to health insurance, broken down into groups by years of service, i.e. 10-15 years, 16-20, 21-25, 26-30, etc... and also that same data on years-of-service for all retirees who are over 65 years of age and are subscribing to Medicare plans.
Request City Manager request FCHP provide the City with data revealing the number of subscribers who would be affected by a change in M.G.L., Ch. 32 B, Sec. 18.
Request City Manager provide the City Council with a line report outlining the annual payment to a retiree on Medicare and the annual payment to a retiree on a conventional plan and the difference between them, and additionally, and for those on a plan who are under age 65, and for union versus non-union employees at both the 20% and 25% levels.
Request City Manager provide data that reveals the monthly income of those current positions that are non-represented.