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A tale of two unions trying to change members' health benefits


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One union in Boston convinced its members that a narrower network plan could help them keep costs and copays low, and it has apparently been a remarkable success for both the union and employees:

 

Not everyone has eye-popping deductibles: How one union kept medical bills in check

 

But another union, in Michigan, is being sued by its members for attempting to make similar changes for similar reasons.  That story:

 

Michigan Education Association retirees sue to stop changes to benefits plan

 

 

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A little observation about the second story:

 

“This is just another example of our teachers and other public employees being under attack from this governor and Legislature."

 

- Doug Pratt, MEA Public Affairs Director, in 2011 after the Michigan legislature passed a bill trimming health benefits to address skyrocketing liabilities

 

"These updates to retiree health insurance will ensure benefits are available for current and future retirees when they need them most."

 

- Doug Pratt, MEA Public Affairs Director, in 2019 when his union proposed trimming retiree health benefits to address skyrocketing liabilities

 

Union Proposes Trimming Retiree Health Benefits to Save Money; Opposed It When Taxpayers Were Footing the Bill

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