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Group Insurance Premium and Plan Costs and Related Programs

1108-5200

funding levels adjusted for inflation (CPI)

  • Funding History
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY19 GAA $1,547,736,335 $1,547,736,335
FY18 $1,567,931,216 $1,533,069,272
FY17 $1,609,118,243 $1,539,787,982
FY16 $1,658,500,649 $1,558,095,007
FY15 $1,620,215,113 $1,511,976,317
FY14 $1,433,974,084 $1,328,654,743
FY13 $1,315,675,605 $1,200,385,158
FY12 $1,409,042,715 $1,264,286,748
FY11 $1,477,647,066 $1,288,016,251
FY10 $1,359,898,602 $1,162,321,259
FY09 $1,360,789,589 $1,151,746,617
FY08 $1,279,950,798 $1,068,363,928
FY07 $1,200,293,915 $966,037,643
FY06 $1,234,512,755 $968,410,107
FY05 $1,019,580,238 $770,693,026
FY04 $1,030,967,310 $756,569,003
FY03 $1,000,828,658 $718,600,955
FY02 $963,060,160 $676,577,982
FY01 $889,491,406 $614,020,978
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Between and
Funding for Group Insurance Premium and Plan Costs and Related Programs
22.5%

comparisons adjusted for inflation (CPI)

Notes

  • Starting In FY19, the budget consolidates funding for Group Insurance Premiums for current employees (1108-5200) with funding for premiums for retired municipal employees (1108-5350) and teachers (1108-5400). In addition to the other adjustments MassBudget makes to these line items (see notes), these are grouped together.
  • MassBudget makes an adjustment to the totals in the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) to allow for more accurate across-year comparisons. GIC provides health insurance for certain retired teachers and other retired municipal employees, but these costs are fully reimbursed by municipalities. Similarly, since FY08 cities and towns have been joining the GIC to take advantage of state health plans, and they also reimburse the GIC for these costs. So that the GIC totals do not deceptively appear to show an increase in state costs associated with this fully-reimbursed program expansion, the budget total for Group Insurance Premiums (1108-5200) is reduced by the revenue associated with the municipal reimbursements, and Retired Municipal Teachers (1108-5400), and Retired Governmental Employees (1108-5350) costs which are fully-reimbursed by municipalities are reduced to zero.
  • From FY01-FY07, Group Insurance Premium and Plan Costs funded both active and retired state employee benefits. Starting in FY08, funding for health insurance for state retirees was partially funded through an operating transfer into the State Retiree Benefits Trust Fund. There was an additional reserve funding some costs in FY12, and starting in FY13, retiree costs were also funded by a "pre-budget" transfer into the trust fund of revenue from the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. All of these are grouped together. Starting in FY15, instead of using the tobacco Master Settlement, the budget uses unexpended debt service appropriations to fund these costs, but notes that the settlement funds could be used if necessary.
  • In FY10, funding for employee health care costs for several of the sheriff's offices moved into the Group Insurance Commission. In FY10, this increased GIC funding by approximately $27 million.
  • Use caution comparing funding for this line item FY09-FY10. In FY10, funding for information technology was taken out of this line item and shifted to a centralized information technology account. The exact amount of this accounting change is not available.

* Funding and comparison information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.

Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY19 GAA $1,547,736,335 $1,547,736,335
FY19 Leg $1,547,736,335 $1,547,736,335
FY19 Sen $1,547,736,335 $1,547,736,335
FY19 SWM $1,547,736,335 $1,547,736,335
FY19 Hou $1,547,736,335 $1,547,736,335
FY19 HWM $1,547,736,335 $1,547,736,335
FY19 Gov $1,547,711,927 $1,547,711,927
FY18 $1,567,931,216 $1,533,069,272

Notes

  • Starting In FY19, the budget consolidates funding for Group Insurance Premiums for current employees (1108-5200) with funding for premiums for retired municipal employees (1108-5350) and teachers (1108-5400). In addition to the other adjustments MassBudget makes to these line items (see notes), these are grouped together.
  • MassBudget makes an adjustment to the totals in the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) to allow for more accurate across-year comparisons. GIC provides health insurance for certain retired teachers and other retired municipal employees, but these costs are fully reimbursed by municipalities. Similarly, since FY08 cities and towns have been joining the GIC to take advantage of state health plans, and they also reimburse the GIC for these costs. So that the GIC totals do not deceptively appear to show an increase in state costs associated with this fully-reimbursed program expansion, the budget total for Group Insurance Premiums (1108-5200) is reduced by the revenue associated with the municipal reimbursements, and Retired Municipal Teachers (1108-5400), and Retired Governmental Employees (1108-5350) costs which are fully-reimbursed by municipalities are reduced to zero.
  • From FY01-FY07, Group Insurance Premium and Plan Costs funded both active and retired state employee benefits. Starting in FY08, funding for health insurance for state retirees was partially funded through an operating transfer into the State Retiree Benefits Trust Fund. There was an additional reserve funding some costs in FY12, and starting in FY13, retiree costs were also funded by a "pre-budget" transfer into the trust fund of revenue from the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. All of these are grouped together. Starting in FY15, instead of using the tobacco Master Settlement, the budget uses unexpended debt service appropriations to fund these costs, but notes that the settlement funds could be used if necessary.
  • In FY10, funding for employee health care costs for several of the sheriff's offices moved into the Group Insurance Commission. In FY10, this increased GIC funding by approximately $27 million.
  • Use caution comparing funding for this line item FY09-FY10. In FY10, funding for information technology was taken out of this line item and shifted to a centralized information technology account. The exact amount of this accounting change is not available.

* Funding information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.