National Association of State Retirement Administrators

Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB)

Other post-employment benefits (OPEB) refers to the benefits, other than pensions, that a state or local government employee receives as part of his or her package of retirement benefits. Typically retiree medical insurance is the most significant OPEB offering, though other benefits such as life insurance are also covered by this umbrella term.



 

GASB Statements No. 43 and 45

GASB Statements No. 43 and 45 were issued in 2004 with the goal of providing standards for valuing the costs of OPEB liabilities. The statements required states to project OPEB costs into the future, and include actuarially determined projections on how many employees their expected to cover, and how long they were expected to work before drawing benefits. Some of the data points included in the required valuation are the actuarial accrued liability (AAL), actuarial value of assets (AVA), unfunded actuarial accrued liability (UAAL) and annual required contribution (ARC). Valuations are generally conducted at least every two years, though some states provide projections more frequently. 

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