The Illinois Supreme Court has heard arguments over whether retired state government workers should be required to pay health insurance premiums.
At issue is a law passed last year that allows the state to collect premiums from retirees for their state-subsidized health care. Prior to that, state workers who retired with 20 or more years of service were entitled to premium-free health insurance.
Retirees sued, saying health insurance — like pension benefits — is a benefit protected by the state constitution and cannot be diminished. A Sangamon County judge disagreed and dismissed the lawsuits. Both sides then agreed to appeal directly to the supreme court, which will rule at a later date.