Spotlight on Retiree Health Care Benefits for State and Local Employees in 2014
An overview of the health care and other postemployment benefits state and local governments provide for their retired employees and how they pay for them.
- Joshua Franzel, Center for Excellence, and Alex Brown, NASRA
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For most employees who retire from state (or covered local) government service, this coverage continues into
The style and size of coverage varies and state and local government retiree health programs do not have
a uniform design.
Different plan designs, coverage levels, and financing arrangements produce different costs for sponsoring state
States vary in how they approach financing retiree health benefits, with some prefunding future benefit obligations while others pay for the associated costs annually as part of the state operating budget.
The value of assets states hold in trust varies significantly.
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This brief updates finance data on health care and other postemployment benefits (or OPEB) provided to general state employees featured in the 2013 report. The update also expands data to include additional state and local government employee cohorts including teachers, public safety officers, university employees, and legislators, among others.