Patrick: 2011 law helped cities, towns save $247M

BOSTON (AP) — The Patrick administration says cities and towns in Massachusetts have saved more than $247 million in health insurance premiums over the past three years as a result of the state’s 2011 municipal health care law.

Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor said Tuesday that the savings are distributed among 257 communities and school districts across the commonwealth.

Shor said 91 cities and towns have completed the process, either making changes to employee health plans or joining the state’s Group Insurance Commission. He said that resulted in about $95 million in employer and employee premium cost savings.

He said another 166 communities and school districts have used the new law as leverage to negotiate health plan insurance changes with local unions, yielding an additional $152 million in total premium savings.

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