Survey Finds Few States Ending Retiree Subsidies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia may not have much company if it pursues ending health-care subsidies for future public employees once they retire.

Just five states offer no subsidies.

But a new survey finds that officials in 42 states consider it unlikely that they will limit them within the next five years.

Officials in 45 states discount the chance that they'll end future retiree coverage.

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence released the survey Wednesday.

West Virginia just concluded a series of public hearings on the subsidy question.

Officials with the public employees insurance agency have proposed ending subsidies starting with employees hired in 2010.

Agency officials may discuss that proposal Wednesday at legislative interim meetings.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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