Retirees at Risk: The Precarious Promise of Post-Employment Health Benefits

Source: Richard L. Kaplan, Nicholas J. Powers, Jordan Zucker, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2009

From the abstract:
This article examines the increasingly troubled state of employer-provided health benefits for retirees. The availability of such benefits is a major determinant of both the timing of retirement and the financial security of those who retire. Despite the signal importance of these benefits to current and prospective retirees, employers have been steadily eroding their value and in many cases, eliminating these benefits outright. Such actions are often catastrophic for the retirees affected, especially if they are not yet eligible for Medicare.

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