health insurance premiums

Gov. Pat Quinn plans to sign the bill
6:15 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Illinois Lawmakers Pass Plan for Retirees to Pay Part of Premiums

Illinois State Capitol

The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that will require retired state employees to pay premiums on their health insurance.

Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign the bill into law.

The state says 90% of retired state and university employees don't pay any premiums for their health insurance. That is estimated to cost at least $800 million this year.

Supporters of the legislation says it preserves access to health care for retirees. Otherwise, co-payments would rise and coverage might be reduced.

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