The Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability is accepting proposals for consulting services through Friday to aid the state as it considers shifting more of the costs for retiree health care to beneficiaries.

Nearly 82,000 retirees and their survivors receive state health care benefits at an annual cost of $473 million. The state covers most of the cost with retirees paying about $12 million. The winning consultant would be tasked with reviewing what other states charge as well as what the private sector charges for coverage.

The state also wants the consultant to analyze and propose a multi-tiered premium structure in which current and ­future retirees would contribute towards the cost of their group health insurance based overall annual household income.

The commission, a nonpartisan adviser to the General Assembly, wants a report completed by early May in time for possible action in the current session.

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