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March 20, 2014

New health plan OK'd for retired teachers

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He sought assurances from Human Resources Director Candace Hall that enough outreach and education had been done to cause the least amount of disruption possible.

Hall told selectmen that dozens of people had called, emailed or come into the office with questions about the new program. She said that of the 415 people currently on GIC, she was really concerned for only 12 of them whose insurance costs are expected to rise “significantly.”

She added that the switch is made more difficult because many retirees now live out of state.

“It’s a dispersed population,” she said. “We don’t know their health, their cognitive functioning. We just don’t know who they are. That’s the vulnerability of that population.”

“That’s the issue I’m concerned about,” Vispoli said.

Hall said she favored slowing down the process because “it gives us the opportunity to do education.”

Selectman Paul Salafia noted: “That’s a judgment call, but it’s going to cost us $40,000 or $50,000.”

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