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From the AARP Bulletin Print Edition, November 1, 2008
Q. I retired two years ago from a major publishing company, where I worked for 39 years. I’ve been informed that the company plans to discontinue the medical benefits it promised to my wife and me. I am 70 and my wife is 68. Do we have any recourse?
A. If you were promised lifetime retiree health benefits, then generally speaking, your employer cannot terminate them. However, most employers in their plan documents reserve the right to terminate retiree health benefits. In that case, you have no recourse.
Review your written plan documents, letters or other information provided by your employer to see whether your employer promised lifetime benefits or reserved the right to terminate the plan.
For more on employers' rights to terminate retiree health plans, see here.
Source: John Turner
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