Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 13, 2014

Insurance switch for retired teachers draws strong opposition


But to Malone and her husband, the change is worrisome.

“This is a huge, huge change in our life. I’m really here to put a human face on this whole thing,” Pat Malone said. “We have premiums that cost us $120 for two of us. If we go Blue Cross Blue Shield, it goes to a couple hundred for two of us. Big increase — 60 percent increase. I think that’s quite a bit when you’re on a $35,000 pension, which is about what my husband is on.”

The Selectmen are scheduled to discuss the proposal and, if ready to, make a vote at their next meeting on March 17, according to Selectmen Chairman Alex Vispoli.

“We want to thank everyone who has written to us, emailed us and called us,” he said. “The board is taking this decision very seriously and is looking at this completely.”

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