Employers can reduce or eliminate health coverage for retirees who are eligible for Medicare without violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has come to that conclusion in a final rule that creates regulations dealing with the effects of the ADEA on retiree health benefits.

Federal law does not ordinarily require employers to provide health benefits for retirees either under or over 65, the usual Medicare eligibility age, EEOC officials write in a preamble to the new final rule, which appeared Wednesday in the Federal Register.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.