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Date:12/2/2008

New Report Finds Many Cite Prevention, Shedding, or Sharing Costs as Key

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A New Center for State and Local Government Excellence report looks at how states are balancing retiree health care plans and their need to contain costs.

Retiree Health Care in the American States examines how state administrators perceive the importance of retiree health care benefits to central human resources (HR) 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.

The report is one of several surveys and reports the Center has released this year on retiree health care, pensions, and related issues.

All 50 states report they are making incremental changes, focusing primarily on disease prevention, cost containment, and cost sharing strategies. Key findings include:

  • State administrators see retiree health care benefits as central to their recruitment, retention, and retirement timing goals.

  • Most states intend to keep financing retiree health care on a pay-as-you-go basis.

  • On the cost side:
    • 17 states expect to introduce a plan to limit the subsidy for future retirees; three states say it is likely they will terminate subsidies for current retirees.
    • A large majority of states have introduced disease management programs, have precertification procedures in place for inpatient hospitalizations, and conduct claims payer audits.
    • Sixteen states say they are likely to increase the years of service required for vesting in retiree health care.

For a copy of the full report visit http://tinyurl.com/retireehcamericanstates

About the Center for State and Local Government Excellence

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence helps state and local governments become knowledgeable and competitive employers so they can attract and retain a talented and committed workforce. The Center identifies best practices and conducts research on competitive employment practices, workforce development, pensions, retiree health security, and financial planning. The Center also brings state and local leaders together with respected researchers and features the latest demographic data on the aging workforce, research studies, and news on health care, recruitment, and succession planning on its website, www.slge.org.


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