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A ruling by a Sangamon County judge has thrown a new wrinkle into the health insurance picture for state employees. The ruling, which came down Friday, prohibits the state of Illinois from enrolling employees, retirees and dependents in any new self-insured “open access” health plans that begin July 1. As a result, HealthLink OAP and...
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The General Assembly closed out its spring session Tuesday night by passing a budget for Fiscal Year 2012, but set aside issues related to pension reform and annuitant health insurance premium changes. Both of those items are expected to be the topic of continued discussion and debate over the summer and are scheduled to be...
An announcement regarding a new deadline for the selection of benefits could be coming soon, following a decision released Thursday by the Illinois Attorney General’s office. Attorney General Lisa Madigan released a decision indicating that a legislative oversight panel does not have the authority to block individual health insurance contracts for state employees. The General...
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In the next couple of days, NIU employees will receive, at their home addresses, a letter from the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) regarding this year’s Benefit Choice Period. Changes for FY2012 that are currently definitive are summarized in the letter. On April 7, 2011, HRS notified employees of Managed Care Health Plan Revisions. However, these revisions have...
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With only five weeks remaining in the spring legislative session in Illinois, a multitude of measures is moving forward after clearing the April 15 deadline to pass proposals out of each chamber. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has provided a succinct summary of the budgetary process: The anticipated general revenue for Fiscal Year 2012 is $34.3...
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Members of the University Benefits Committee are asking employees to complete a confidential, online survey regarding the overall impact of the state’s health care reimbursement crisis on employees, dependents and annuitants. The results will be compiled and reported as aggregate data. No confidential information about individuals will be shared. NIU President John Peters will receive a report...
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The House of Representatives was on recess last week. The Senate was in session, and one of the main issues senators dealt with was a proposal by the Republicans to repeal the federal health insurance law, commonly referred to as “Obamacare.” This proposal was defeated in the Democrat-controlled Senate, although the Senate did agree to...
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