and finance, said that the governor is
not wedded to all of the provisions
in H. 59, but strongly believes that
changes along the lines outlined in
the bill are needed to prevent massive
fiscal problems for both the state and
municipalities, as well as to preserve
the quality of public services in the
Under current law, most state
and municipal retirees are eligible for
health insurance benefits after they
retire if they have completed 10 years
of creditable service. The employer
pays 50 percent or more of the
Under H. 59, future employees
and some current employees would
need at least 20 years of creditable
service to be eligible for retiree health
insurance benefits. The employer’s
share of the retiree’s health insurance
premium would be prorated for those
with more than 20 years but fewer than
Certain employees nearing
retirement would be “grandfathered
in” under the bill.
The Public Service Committee
took no immediate action on the bill
following the hearing.
More information on the bill
is posted on the MTA website at
Continued from Page 14
Bill seeks changes
in retirees’ benefits
For information, call
800.392.6175, Ext. 8265
MTA Vice President Tim Sullivan, wearing a
blue jacket, joined his son, Timothy, Jr., who is
walking just in front of him, and other students
from the Maria Weston Chapman Middle School
in Weymouth on a two-mile march in support of
Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Oct. 25. The
march, which also included other adults, was the
brainchild of seventh-grade English language arts
teacher Laura Bianco-Caterer, a breast cancer
survivor herself, who also organized other
events at the school. The students have raised
thousands of dollars for cancer research.
Photo by Bob Duffy
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