Navigation Links
Center For Excellence to Fund Analysis of Michigan State Retiree Health Care Reforms
Date:11/15/2007

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for State and Local Government Excellence has awarded a $14,000 grant to the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) at Michigan State University to help the state identify solutions to the state's unfunded retiree health care liability.

Michigan has future unfunded retiree health care obligations exceeding $20 billion. To help policy leaders develop thoughtful solutions, IPPSR will examine models in Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, to gather information on how those states are structuring their retiree health programs so they are competitive in attracting and retaining talented employees.

In July 2007, the Michigan House of Representatives formed the Committee on Retiree Health Care Reforms to find strategies to address this unfunded liability. The Committee is also charged with recommending more efficient health plan options for retired employees of Michigan's public schools, the state, state police, judiciary, and the legislature.

The research project will provide a framework for decision makers to evaluate health care reform options. It will include structured interviews with policymakers, financial experts, and employee association leaders. Michigan State University researchers will develop and test analytic tools designed to clearly present the scope of benefits, administrative costs, financial impact on beneficiaries, prescription drug costs, and the relationship of state plans to Medicare (Part B- physician, C- advantage, and D - drugs).

"All states are grappling with the critical issues surrounding retiree health care benefits," said Center Executive Director Elizabeth K. Kellar. "Taking steps now to develop thoughtful solutions will pay dividends in the years ahead. This research will help Michigan leaders identify promising strategies and eliminate strategies that have not worked well."

The Center awarded two other grants earlier this year: to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College to establish a data clearinghouse on state and local pension plans and explore their funding status and economic impact, and to North Carolina State to assess the status of state and local government health care benefits, alternative plans and approaches, and costs and estimated future liabilities.

About the Center for State and Local Government Excellence

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence supports efforts to make state and local governments knowledgeable and competitive employers so they can attract and retain a skilled and committed workforce. The Center identifies best practices and conducts research on competitive employment practices, workforce development, pensions, retiree health security, and financial planning. Please visit http://www.slge.org for more information.

About Michigan State University's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research

The Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) is the nonpartisan policy network at Michigan State University. Housed within the College of Social Science, the institute is dedicated to connecting legislators, scholars and practitioners through survey, evaluation and applied research, public forums, and political leadership instruction. Visit http://www.ippsr.msu.edu for more information.


'/>"/>
SOURCE The Center for State and Local Government Excellence
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Scientists Spot Brains Free Will Center
2. CRC Health Group Announces Acquisition of Bayside Marin Recovery Center, San Rafael
3. Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Caregivers Reach Agreement on a Union Contract
4. 4-Star Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Former U.S. Drug Czar, to Address National Drug Crisis, Keynote Grand Opening of New Allenwood, PA National Model Detox Center
5. PainCare Receives $14.4 Million in Cash From Completed Sale of South Florida Ambulatory Surgery Centers
6. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Wal-Mart, and Abbott Host Child Safety Events
7. Regional Center of Orange County Expands Family Support Resources to Meet Growing Needs
8. End-to-End HR Performance Benchmarks: Metrics That Will Help Turn the HR Cost Center into a Productivity Driver
9. Governor Rendell Proclaims Sept. 9-15 as Senior Community Center Week
10. Concentra Opens On-Site Medical Unit at World Trade Center Site
11. Workers Win Contract at St. Francis Medical Center
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... today announced the official relaunch of its community and education hub for women ... Eggsurance's mission is to create a safe and welcoming place for women to ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... The Radiosurgery Society (RSS), ... radiosurgery, is recognizing five medical residents and students for their outstanding contributions to ... The awards will be presented at the 2016 SRS/SBRT Scientific Meeting taking place ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... The number of health ... or 10% over last year, according to data in the forthcoming AIS’s Directory ... comparatively stable, with a slight decrease in risk-based groups and a slight increase ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water ... years and a trainer for Ageless Grace ( http://www.agelessgrace.com ) to discuss healthier ... May 16, 2016. , Formerly a Northwestern University Literature Professor, Kinst gravitated to ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... ... WaterAid launched the #perioddrama campaign to mark Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28 ... world who do not have access to a toilet, even when they’re on their periods. ... #perioddrama. The (sometimes hilarious) results help shine a light on the awkwardness that women face ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... SAN FRANCISCO , May 23, 2016 ... expected to reach USD 5.0 billion by 2022, according ... The increasing generation of medical waste coupled with the ... healthcare industry is expected to drive the demand for ... with these devices as compared to that of the ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... 2016 The Biotech arena remains ... the industry is not far from recovering. There are ... the following four equities: Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... ), Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ARLZ ), ... Sign up for your free trading alerts on these ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... Calif. , May 19, 2016  According ... thirds of the world lacks basic diagnostic imaging. ... in the United States , ... to such technology. In fact, the WHO reports ... risk of avoidable or treatable death, simply due ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: