For Immediate Release - December 20, 2012

Commission to Study Retiree Health Care and Other Non-Pension Benefits Votes 11 - 1 to Reform Retiree Health Benefits

Statement from Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez

“The reforms recommended today will make retiree health benefits for public employees more sustainable and will save the Commonwealth and local municipalities $20 billion over 30 years. I appreciate the work of the Commission to study this issue carefully and reach a near consensus vote for meaningful reform that will protect retirees and generate significant savings to the Commonwealth’s taxpayers.”

Statement from Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne Goldstein

“I am pleased that we were able to partner with the public sector unions and retiree representatives to reach consensus on continuation of high quality health care benefits for public sector retirees at rates that are affordable for the retirees and the taxpayers."’

Statement from Assistant Secretary for Fiscal Policy Greg Mennis

“These recommendations represent a continuation of the ongoing efforts by the Patrick-Murray Administration and all the government stakeholders on pension and municipal health care reform to preserve high quality benefits while giving state and local governments the ability to continue to pay for core services during tight fiscal times.”