5 episodes

Eye on 65 showcases creative ways for public sector plan sponsors to keep the promise of retiree health care.

Ask public sector employees why they chose a government job, and many will note the expectation of a stable pension and retiree health benefits.

But the percentage of public sector retirees who receive these benefits is shrinking. Five years ago, 83 percent of state and local governments provided retirees health care coverage; today it’s 68 percent. And retirement without health care isn’t very secure.

We’re helping public sector plan sponsors make sense of the options available when it comes to their retiree population’s health care benefits, from Group Medicare Advantage Plans to individual Medicare marketplaces—also known as Medicare exchanges—to health reimbursement arrangements, and how they can manage change and help retirees navigate choice. Tune in with Willis Towers Watson’s John Barkett and Marianne Steger to find out how public sector retiree health care promises can be kept.

Eye on 65 Willis Towers Watson’s John Barkett and Marianne Steger

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Eye on 65 showcases creative ways for public sector plan sponsors to keep the promise of retiree health care.

Ask public sector employees why they chose a government job, and many will note the expectation of a stable pension and retiree health benefits.

But the percentage of public sector retirees who receive these benefits is shrinking. Five years ago, 83 percent of state and local governments provided retirees health care coverage; today it’s 68 percent. And retirement without health care isn’t very secure.

We’re helping public sector plan sponsors make sense of the options available when it comes to their retiree population’s health care benefits, from Group Medicare Advantage Plans to individual Medicare marketplaces—also known as Medicare exchanges—to health reimbursement arrangements, and how they can manage change and help retirees navigate choice. Tune in with Willis Towers Watson’s John Barkett and Marianne Steger to find out how public sector retiree health care promises can be kept.

    Episode 5: How the City of Memphis Reduced its OPEB Liabilities

    Episode 5: How the City of Memphis Reduced its OPEB Liabilities

    The City of Memphis was facing $1.3 billion in unfunded OPEB liabilities and needed a solution. Our guest, Chief Financial Officer Shirley Ford, shares how she helped the city and its retirees find a win-win solution using the Individual Medicare Marketplace.

    • 10 min
    Episode 4: Built to last?

    Episode 4: Built to last?

    Providing retiree health care is more difficult than ever. As a result, the percentage of public sector employers who provide these benefits is shrinking. In this episode of Eye on 65, Marianne and John share the seven-question stress test that can be used to determine if your retiree health care program is built to last.

    • 9 min
    Episode 3: How to Preserve Retiree Health Care

    Episode 3: How to Preserve Retiree Health Care

    The individual Medicare marketplace – the best kept secret for delivering affordable retiree health care.

    • 10 min
    Episode 2: Searching for Sustainability

    Episode 2: Searching for Sustainability

    Options available for maintaining retiree health benefits.

    • 10 min
    Episode 1: The Great Trade Off

    Episode 1: The Great Trade Off

    What makes working in the public sector unique and what’s at stake if retiree health care goes away?

    • 10 min

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