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Patrick seeks higher health payments by retirees

Most future state and municipal retirees would have to pay about $1,000 a year more for health care under an ambitious proposal that Governor Deval Patrick plans to unveil Friday in an effort to save up to $20 billion in health care costs over the next three decades.

Under the plan, most public ­employees would have to work until age 60, not 55, before they become eligible for health care benefits and would have to accrue 20 years of state or ­local service, up from the current 10.

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