Detroit considers health changes for retirees

DETROIT (AP) — Officials say Detroit’s state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr is considering a plan to replace health care benefits for retirees under 65 with a stipend to buy coverage beginning next month.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/17RF2Yr ) the city intends to help those retirees figure out the best health insurance plan offered under the Affordable Care Act. Michigan’s insurance marketplace where coverage will be sold launches Oct. 1 and coverage is effective Jan. 1.

Detroit’s labor relations director, Lamont Satchel, described the plan with a $125 stipend on Wednesday during a presentation.

Orr spokesman Bill Nowling says Orr is still working on the cost-cutting effort and “it would be premature to say this is the number we’re working on.”

Preliminary plans also call for retirees over 65 to transition to Medicare.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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