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Robert Clark Discusses Myths & Realities of Funding for Retiree Health Care Benefits

The myths and realities of this potential crisis are laid out in a new issue brief written by Robert Clark, a professor of economics and of management, innovation and entrepreneurship at North Carolina State University’s College of Management, and released by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence.

The paper, The Crisis in State and Local Government Retiree Health Benefit Plans: Myths and Realities, examines the current financial status of state retiree health plans from around the country. States with the lowest unfunded liabilities include North Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa and Oregon.

The brief finds that:

  • Although there are widespread reports of a major fiscal crisis, the reality is that some states face a fiscal crisis while others do not.
  • There are substantial differences in the total liabilities of state retiree health plans, depending on the generosity of the plan and the size of the public sector.
  • Retirement benefits are not protected by state laws or constitutions, and public sector employers will continue to amend their plans to reduce costs.

For a copy of the full brief, visit the Web at http://tinyurl.com/5rfyw2

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