Massachusetts could tap into tobacco settlement and rainy-day funds to help pay down a $13.3 billion other post-employment benefit liability, according to a report released last week on the commonwealth's unfunded health care costs.

Currently the state meets its annual OPEB costs for retired state employees on a pay-as-you-go basis, yet officials would like to increase the annual contribution as the state has done in the past with its pension allocations. Boosting its yearly OPEB payment beyond the current pay-as-you-go plan would decrease the $13.3 billion liability to $7.5 billion over the next 30 years, according to the report.

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