Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law cutting free retiree health insurance for state employees. The amount retirees will pay towards their health insurance will be based on their pensions using a yet to be determined 7-tier scale.
Leaders with AFSCME, the union that represents many of the state's public employees, voiced their concerns with the new law.
"This bill jeopardizes affordable health care for state and university
retirees," said Virginia Yates, president of the AFSCME Retirees Chapter 31. "The governor saying his action ‘preserves health benefits’ is
political doubletalk, and his claim that our health coverage is ‘free’
is false. In fact, seniors like me and 114,000 other retirees and
dependents already pay $3,000 a year or more in co-pays, deductibles and
premiums. By cutting retiree health care at the same time he’s handing
out hundreds of millions in tax giveaways to big corporations, Governor
Quinn shows his priorities are out of touch."