BOSTON (AP) – Boston Mayor Thomas Menino says conditional agreement has been reached with the city’s three dozen public employee unions that would save the city $70 million in health care costs over the next four years.

The mayor says the deal would raise employee contributions to their health care premiums by 2 1/2 percent, and also increase co-payments for doctor’s office and emergency room visits, and prescription drugs.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.

The agreement is contingent upon the Legislature approving a municipal health care reform bill by the end of the year. The House of Representatives included in its state budget proposal unveiled on Wednesday a plan to give cities and towns more power to make changes in employee health insurance plans.

The deal also needs approval from the Boston City Council and from the rank-and-file of the 36 city unions.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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