OKLAHOMA CITY - The City of Oklahoma City has agreed to continue paying part of the healthcare costs for its retired city employees under 65 years old.

A month ago, it heard from those retirees after they learned Blue Cross-Blue Shield was raising rates 68 percent.

The city council voted to pay part of the premiums for 2017 if those retires agree to change healthcare plans. After 2017, it will try to find a more permanent solution.

Meanwhile, the City Council also voted to stop paying for retiree healthcare all together for people hired after Jan. 1.

“We already have a hard time attracting good employees. How will this affect them? Only time will tell,” said John George, the President of the Fraternal Order of Police.