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Funding in doubt for WA employee benefits

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - A national study concludes what many retired state employees and school employees may already be thinking.

The Pew Center on the States report says Washington hasn't set aside enough money to provide an estimated $6.9 billion in health care subsidies for retired state employees and school employees.

The report ranks Washington among the best states when it comes to funding government pensions, but fares worse for funding retiree health-care obligations.         

The Pew Center lists Washington among 22 states with "serious concerns" because it doesn't set enough money aside to cover health-care benefits long term. 

Washington officials take issue with the Pew Center, saying the state contributes money year-to-year but it's not a pension obligation.

The Health Care Authority says around 88,000 retirees and their dependents use the benefits.

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