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A survey of 144 human resources executives at large and midsize employers that sponsor retiree medical benefits found nearly nine out of 10 employers (89 percent) said retirement health care benefit security was somewhat to extremely important to their retirees, according to a Towers Watson survey.

Most respondents (78 percent) said that they provided health benefits to both pre-Medicare and Medicare-eligible retirees; 70 percent said they would offer health care benefits to the majority of their current full-time employees upon retirement. The number of employers offering retiree health care benefits to employees hired in 2014 or later dropped to 57 percent, according to the survey. 

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