Monday, September 23, 2013
Retiree Health Changes
A superior court judge overturned a freeze on retiree health care for Los Angeles city attorneys this month, citing some of the same case law that made public pensions a vested right that can only be cut if offset by a new benefit.
The court ruling is a blow to the view that state and local governments, when looking for cost savings, may be able to make cuts in promised retiree health care that are not allowed for tamper-proof pensions...
(P)art of the legal rationale for the Los Angeles retiree health care option is a provision in the city charter that specifically reserves the right to modify retiree health care benefits...
Full story from calpensions.com at http://calpensions.com/2013/09/23/judge-rules-retiree-health-protected-like-pension/
The actual court decision is at http://www.lacaa.org/docs/13-09-13-order-granting-writ.pdf