State employee health plan now open to municipalities

The state comptroller's office has officially launched a health insurance plan for municipalities, boards of education and other public employers.

The CT Partnership Plan grew out of a longtime effort to open the state employee and retiree health insurance plan to outside groups. A compromise last year between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration and Democratic legislators led to legislation that opens the state employee health plan more narrowly, to public employers this year and some nonprofits next year.

According to the comptroller's office, analysis has found that more than 50 municipal employers would see lower premiums under the CT Partnership Plan, and nearly a third of those would see rate reductions of more than 5 percent. The employers could join the plan effective July 1.

"The CT Partnership Plan is officially open for business to all non-state government employees, including Connecticut towns, cities and boards of education," Comptroller Kevin Lembo said in a statement released by his office. "The goal is to provide towns and cities with lower health care costs and long-term price stability, while also offering quality health care to employees."

For more information, municipal officials can call the comptroller's healthcare analysis unit at 860-702-3560, or email PartnershipPlan@po.state.ct.us.

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