No more free healthcare for state retirees, they'll have to pay monthly premiums starting July 1st. Annie Thompson, a spokesperson for Governor Quinn, says this will help ensure the former workers maintain access to healthcare.
Thompson says, "But at the same, it makes that cost to the taxpayers more affordable. Now, under this law, the cost of retiree healthcare will be based on their ability to pay as well as their years of service to the state."
Right now retirees are responsible for paying co-pays and deductibles but do not pay a monthly premium. The new law applies to all state workers, lawmakers, judges, and university employees.