2,100+ state employees retiring Dec. 1

Published 12:01 am Friday, November 4, 2011

More than 2,100 Alabama public employees will retire Dec.1 to avoid paying more for health insurance as retirees.

The number includes 1,660 education employees.

Gov. Robert Bentley says a system has been worked out for them to suspend their retirement benefits and work through the end of school on temporary contracts, if they wish.

A new state law requires public employees retiring after Dec. 1 to pay more for their health insurance if they have served 25 years or longer, but aren’t yet 65 years old and eligible for Medicare.