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Gov. to end retiree health care for many lawmakers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is getting ready to sign a bill ending retiree health care coverage for some current and all future state lawmakers.

Current law allows ex-lawmakers who served at least six years in the Legislature to get health coverage once they turn 55, mostly at taxpayer expense. The benefit expires or is good only for supplemental coverage once an ex-lawmaker becomes eligible for Medicare.

It cost about $5 million to provide health and dental benefits to 348 retired lawmakers and their dependents in the 2009-10 fiscal year.

Under the new law, the retiree benefit will be eliminated for lawmakers who have not served at least six years in the Legislature before Jan. 1, 2013.

The governor plans to sign the measure Tuesday afternoon in his ceremonial Capitol office.

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