• Supreme Court hears suit over retiree health care

    by  • September 19, 2013 • News

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has heard arguments over whether retired state government workers should IL supreme courtbe required to pay health insurance premiums.

    The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports attorneys for retirees and the state argued before the court Wednesday.

    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.