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Ill. Supreme Court Hears Retiree Healthcare Lawsuit
Ill. Supreme Court Hears Retiree Healthcare Lawsuit

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.