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Law prevents cuts in retiree health care costs

A Senate committee last week approved two bills that free the city of Carson and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District from limits in a CalPERS-run health care program, allowing cuts in retiree health costs bargained with labor unions.

The health care program operates under a state law that can allow new hires to qualify for lifetime health care from the new employer after just one day on the job, if they have worked five years at a previous employer in CalPERS.