States Press Workers on Health Care

Publication: The Wall Street Journal

Author: Jeannette Neumann


08/27/2010 - As state and local governments push to get employees to pick up more health care costs, some employees are pushing back.

On Thursday, a Michigan judge heard arguments in two of three lawsuits filed by public-school unions and retirees who opposed a new law that for the first time required them to contribute toward their health-care benefits.

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Retiree health care and other non-pension benefits represent a $587 billion long-term liability for state governments, with less than 6% of that amount funded as of fiscal year 2008, according to a recent report by the Pew Center on the States. Four states—Alaska, Arizona, Maine and North Dakota—contributed the needed contribution for non-pension benefits in 2008, Pew says.

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