15 July 2009

Survey: Few States Eyeing Limits to Public Retiree Subsidies

A new survey released Wednesday suggests that "West Virginia may not have much company if it pursues ending health care subsidies for future public employees once they retire," The Associated Press reports.

With just five states offering no offsets for their retirees' health care coverage, the survey found that (updated) "officials in 45 states consider it unlikely that they'll end future retiree coverage. But officials in 17 states said they may move to limit subsidies for future retires within the next five years.."

AP recently reported on the public hearings meant to field comments about the subsidy proposal, and on the continued threat of a legal challenge by at least one group representing employees.

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence compiled the new survey, and has posted it online.

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