Court Rules On Health Insurance For State Retirees
The Sangamon County Circuit Court has ruled health insurance for state government retirees is not a right under state law.
Judge Steve Nardulli said healthcare isn't considered a pension benefit in the state's constitution. That's why he threw out a suit challenging the state law that eliminates free or reduced-cost health insurance for retirees.
A retired state judge filed the lawsuit after the governor signed a law requiring state employees, lawmakers, and judges to start paying for their own healthcare premiums.
Gov. Pat Quinn called the decision "good news" for taxpayers.
In a statement, Senate President John Cullerton said, "It reinforces my position that a guarantee of healthcare access can be negotiated as part of a contractual change to protected pension benefits."
Lawmakers could vote on pension reform as early as this week.
Story by NewsChannel20.
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