Action Alert: An unfair health insurance proposal

This week, the House of Representatives is debating the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Among the issues being considered is a proposal to require all state employees to pay 30 percent of their health insurance premiums — up from 15 percent for employees hired on or before June 30, 2003; and up from 20 percent for employees hired after June 30, 2003.

The House proposal will unfairly shift $135 million on the backs of state employees. If this plan moves ahead, most MTA members working in public higher education, will be forced to pay 100 percent more for health insurance. Those hired after June 30, 2003 will pay 50 percent more in premium costs.

Earlier this year, the governor in his budget proposed a tiered system with employee contributions ranging from 15 percent to 25 percent.

Rep. Martin Walsh (D-Dorchester) has circulated a letter in opposition to the governor's unfair health insurance plan and is proposing an amendment to keep health insurance costs at their current level. Eighty-six representatives have already signed on to Rep. Walsh's letter.

Please contact your state representative right away. Urge your representative to oppose efforts to thrust a significant pay cut on to state employees.

To join the fight, send an e-mail to your representative or call your representative at 617-722-2000 by Friday morning, May 1, at the latest. You can also use this site to look up the name of your representative.