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Council, members testify on GIC legislation

Providers' Council President & CEO Michael Weekes and three Council members testified on Thursday, April 11 in support of legislation that would allow human services organizations and employees to access the Group Insurance Commission.

Weekes was joined at the State House by:

  • Andy Cracknell, Benefits and Compensation Specialist, Bay Cove Human Services
  • Maria Mossaides, Executive Director, Cambridge Family & Children's Service
  • Joseph Tosches, Executive Vice President and COO, Seven Hills Foundation

The four presented testimony in support of House Bill 933, An Act Relative to Access to Health Insurance for Human Service Providers and Their Employees. The bill would allow human services workers to have access to the multiple plans and lower cost options the Group Insurance Commission offers. Further, the plan could also save the state money, as Massachusetts reimburses human services organizations for health care costs.

Weekes described the plan as a "win-win-win" for employers, employees, state government and Commonwealth residents, who would benefit from a healthier human services workforce. You can download the testimony presented at Thursday's hearing below.

Bay Cove Human Services testimony

Providers' Council testimony

If you have questions about this legislation or the Council's testimony, please e-mail Bill Yelenak.