The Detroit News: Andy Dillon to have oversight of retiree health care?

The Detroit News: Andy Dillon to have oversight of retiree health care?

Remember Andy Dillon? He was the state representative from Redford who became Speaker of the House. After he was term-limited out, Gov. Rick Snyder named him state Treasurer where he played a key role in Detroit’s run up to bankruptcy. Now he’s with Conway MacKenzie, a restructuring firm that has been paid more than $8 million by Detroit for its work related to the bankruptcy case.

Today The Detroit News reports Dillon may help manage city retirees’ health care benefits following the bankruptcy.

The Retired Detroit Police & Fire Fighters Association wants to appoint Dillon to the board of a new trust that will manage health care benefits for retired public safety workers after the city sheds billions of dollars in legacy costs in bankruptcy court. The latest version of Detroit’s restructuring plan names Dillon and retirees Gregory Trozak and Allan Grant as the retiree association’s appointees on the seven-member board of the new police and fire Voluntary Employee Benefits Association, or VEBA.

The plan calls for two trusts — one for general retires, another for police and fire — to share $450 million from the city to fund the medical care. The city estimates that retiree health care will cost $4.3 billion.

“It will be a challenge to maintain the coverage that retires have today, so some tough decisions will have to be made,” Dillon told The Detroit News.