Norwell selectmen met Wednesday night and voted in favor of the town implementing the state’s new health care reform regulations.
The vote allows the town to join the state’s new health insurance reform for municipal workers, under rate saver plans that charge higher co-pays and deductibles.
Town Administrator Jim Boudreau praised the unions for working with town to adopt the new health insurance rules, which will result in substantial savings for Norwell.
Boudreau said, “All the unions – police, fire, clerical, teachers, public works, water department, school custodians – all were fantastic to work with. They understood what the issues and problems were. They wanted to work with us to do this. It wasn’t always smooth and obviously there were some disagreements. But it’s a good deal and we’ve already put it in the budget. We’ll save over $100,000 in fiscal 2013 and about $300,000 in total over the life of the contract,” (over the next three years.)
Norwell now joins both Marshfield and Scituate in adopting the new regulations, which will go into effect July 1.