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Bill calls for changes in Mass. retiree benefits

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BOSTON (AP) - Lawmakers are reviewing Gov. Deval Patrick's proposal to rein in health care costs for retired public employees.

The Legislature's Public Service committee has scheduled a hearing for Thursday on a bill that the administration projects would save up to $20 billion over the next 30 years.

The changes would include raising from 10 years to 20 years the minimum service requirement before an employee can be eligible for retiree health care benefits.

The bill would also raise the eligibility age for retiree health benefits from 55 to 60 and would reduce the state's contribution to health care premiums for many workers.

The measure would not affect workers who are already retired.

Patrick has cited data showing that Massachusetts has among the highest retiree health care costs in the nation.

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