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May 21, 2001
MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM
By: Lynn Marx, Research Attorney
You asked how many towns participate in the Municipal Employees Health Insurance Program (MEHIP) and whether those towns saved money by joining MEHIP.
MEHIP is a group health insurance program for municipal employees sponsored by the Office of the Comptroller. Individual municipal employees cannot participate in MEHIP unless the group in which they are employed enrolls in MEHIP. A “municipal employee” is an employee of a town; city; borough; school, taxing, fire, health, transit, or probate district; housing authority; flood commission; regional workforce development board; the Children's Center; regional planning agency; or authority established by a special act.
According to Jill Ferraiolo, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Comptroller, 28 municipal groups participate in MEHIP. Four of the 28 groups are towns (Ashford, East Hampton, Easton and Middlebury). Ashford reports that it saved $ 37,726 in FY 1999-00 by joining MEHIP. East Hampton estimates that it has saved about 15% per year since 1999. Easton estimates that it has saved about $ 5,000 a year since joining MEHIP in 1998. Middlebury has saved at least 2% per year since 1998.