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Detroit extends retirees' healthcare benefits through Feb. 2014

Negotiations continue on long-term retiree health package for Detroit retirees

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DETROIT – The city of Detroit will postpone implementation of its new 2014 retiree health program, and continue the existing healthcare coverage and Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB), for all retirees until Feb. 28, 2014.

During this interim period the city and Retiree Committee will continue negotiations to attempt to reach agreement on a long-term retiree health package. As a consequence of the extension of OPEB to the end of February 2014, and to allow the parties to negotiate future benefits, the Retiree Committee and the other parties who had sued the City and Emergency Manager to prevent the plan transition will dismiss the litigation today without prejudice to re-filing.

City retirees will continue to be enrolled in and covered by their current medical, prescription, and dental plans as well as life insurance through February 28, 2014. They will not have to do anything to maintain these coverages.

In addition, the City is working on maintaining a form of vision care benefit through February 28, 2014.

A letter providing specific information on the two-month extension of the current package of health benefits will be mailed to retirees during the week of Nov. 11, 2013.