Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding section 19 of chapter 32B of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, an employee who has retired or will retire from the service of the city of Melrose after the effective date of this act and is enrolled in an HMO type health plan offered by the city, the employee's spouse and dependents shall be entitled to an 85 per cent contribution from the city for the insurance premiums for as long as the retiree remains continuously enrolled in the plan notwithstanding any change in the health plan premiums paid by the city for active employees.
SECTION 2. If the commonwealth mandates an increase in the minimum percentage contribution that active employees shall pay toward their health insurance, the increase shall be paid by active employees, and the percentage paid by retirees shall not be affected.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.