CHICAGO — If governments put off for too long addressing unfunded other post-employment and health care benefit liabilities, they could pose a credit risk in the coming years as double-digit health care cost increases are expected to continue for five years, Standard & Poor’s analysts warned in a report this week.

“There could be some intermediate-term credit pressures, possibly as soon as three to five years, as governments grapple with funding solutions amid rising health care costs,” analyst Peter Block said, adding that the increased costs are likely to pressure some municipal budgets and could affect their spending priorities and reserve levels.

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