From the Reporter
The Story
The city’s crushing retiree $1.4 billion health care debt has long been a major target for budget savings, and negotiations between Mayor’s Office and workers are supposed to wrap up this month.
The People
Up to 1,305 current city workers could have no safety net if health care coverage is eliminated because a quirk would leave them without access to Medicare, showing the financial and moral complexities in reforming retiree health care benefits.
What’s Next
The city and its unions are expected either to reach agreement or break a deadlock by the end of the month. Both sides say they’re taking employees’ Medicare eligibility and nearness to retirement into account during talks.

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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