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March 16, 2014

Retired teachers oppose health insurance switch

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“This is a huge, huge change in our life,” Pat Malone said. “We have premiums that cost us $120 for two of us. If we go Blue Cross Blue Shield, it goes to a couple hundred for two of us. Big increase — 60 percent increase. I think that’s quite a bit when you’re on a $35,000 pension, which is about what my husband is on.”

The Board of Selectmen is scheduled to discuss the proposal and potentially vote on the change at their meeting tomorrow night, according to Chairman Alex Vispoli.

“We want to thank everyone who has written to us, emailed us and called us,” he said. “The board is taking this decision very seriously and is looking at this completely.”

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