Detroit considers health changes for retirees under Affordable Care Act
Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:35:29 GMT — 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 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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