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October 24, 2014, 11:52 am
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Many State Retirees Paying for Health Insurance Premiums For First Time


Today marks the start of the state’s new fiscal year… and a new fiscal reality for state government retirees, many of whom will start paying health insurance premiums for the first time.

 

The change was implemented as a way to start bringing pension and related costs under control.

 

Some retirees have challenged the new policy in court, saying it amounts to an unconstitutional diminishment of their retirement benefits.

 

But a Sangamon County judge is allowing the state to collect those premiums and hold them in a segregated account until the court fight is resolved.

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