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Oct 20, 2015 11:34 AM

Legislative committee to vote on state retiree health benefits changes

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — After twice pushing off a decision, a legislative committee is reconvening to vote on changes to the state retiree health benefits in the face of a $10.6 million hole in the benefit program.

The joint legislative fiscal committee is set to meet Tuesday morning. Of the state's roughly 12,000 retirees, about 8,800 are older than 65 and pay no premium contributions. Retirees under the age of 65 currently pay 12.5 percent.

Previously discussed changes include raising the contribution to 15 percent for people under 65 and raising prescription drug copays for all retirees. Many retired employees are opposed to any changes in the program because they say the benefits were promised to them.


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