This report examines how state administrators perceive the importance of retiree health care benefits to central human resource goals; how the states structure retiree health care programs; and which cost sharing and cost shedding measures have been adopted and/or are being considered. All 50 states report they are making incremental changes, focusing primarily on disease prevention, cost containment, and cost sharing strategies. (12/08)
All Research Studies
An examination of how North Carolina local governments are meeting their obligations to report their unfunded retiree health care obligations. The brief is based on a survey of the 30 local governments in the state with annual revenues greater than $100 million. (11/10/08)
How well are local governments funding their pension plans?
This report shines a light on differences and similarities in state health plans in a quick reference format. It includes such details as eligibility requirements for coverage and the cost to employees and to state governments for the benefit. (9/08)
This brief analyzes new survey data from the 50 states and a large sample of local governments. (9/08)
State and local governments are faced with a number of uncertainties about the future of health care in the U.S. as well as in their own organizations. An examination of some of the broad questions that will affect future costs. (7/08)
This report stems from a request from the Michigan House of Representatives Committee on Retiree Health Care Reforms for research on retiree health care funding options. (6/08)
What does it take to ensure that states and local governments make their annual required contribution to fund pensions?
This paper looks at the confluence of the demographics of the aging public sector workforce and the post-employment health care benefits they expect when they retire, along with the implications of the changes in accounting standards for government retiree health care. (5/08)
What does it take to have a well-funded pension plan?