Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Troopers Association says public safety could suffer if subsidized health coverage for public retirees is eliminated.
Association president John W. Smith said Thursday that changing the benefits of state police officers is "a dangerous approach" to addressing public safety.
Smith says it's disturbing that police officers who risk their lives to protect the public might not have affordable health coverage when they retire.
The Public Employees Insurance Agency is considering whether to stop subsidizing health coverage for public retirees, starting with those hired in 2010.
Officials say ending subsidies will prevent crushing debts in the future.
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