Medford is obligated to pay health benefits to retirees, but only under certain circumstances, an Oregon Supreme Court ruling today said.

Medford is obligated to pay health benefits to retirees, but only under certain circumstances, an Oregon Supreme Court ruling today said.

Citing Oregon law, the decision states the city should make health coverage available but "insofar as and to the extent possible."

Former City Attorney Ron Doyle and three other former city employees filed suit against the city claiming they were entitled to a bridge health insurance plan until they reached age 65. The other former employees who joined in the suit were Robert Deuel, Benedict Miller and Charles Steinberg.

At issue is the contention by former employees that Oregon law requires a government entity to provide bridge health insurance after they retire.

— Damian Mann

More details: Friday's Mail Tribune