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On Friday evening the Appropriations Committee passed Majority Leader Chris Donovan’s bill which allows municipalities, nonprofits, and small businesses to join the state employees health insurance plan.

Proponents say the state employees health insurance plan creates a large pool of lives, which will increase bargaining power and lower costs for most cities and towns. Click here to read more about the plan and see how much it would save more than a handful of municipalities.

The bill passed 39-14.