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Illinois House of Representatives to debate bill that ends health insurance subsidies for retirees

May 2, 2012

Photo of file folders for insurance, dental/medical, receipts, etc.Members of the Illinois House Executive Committee have approved SB 1313, which will move the legislation to the House floor for consideration.

House Amendment 6 was filed on the bill last week, with House Speaker Michael Madigan picking up sponsorship.

This amendment would do away with a state statute that has guaranteed government subsidies for state and university retiree health insurance premium.

The amendment also deletes provisions which require the state to pick up state and university retiree health insurance premiums at the rate of 5 percent per year of government service. Retirees with 20 years of service currently pay no premiums.

SB 1313 also would allow the director of the Department of Central Management Services to decide every year how much the state contribution will be to the health insurance program.