Illinois Panel Approves Temporary Health Insurance Plan for State Workers

An Illinois legislative plan has approved a temporary health insurance plan intended to increase options for approximately 200,000 state employees and retirees, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek report.

The plans' approval gives the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services the power to negotiate 90-day contracts with health insurance vendors starting July 1, according to the report. Officials believe the temporary contracts will provide patients with "continuity of care" as litigation over state health insurance plans continues.

According to the report, all but one of the current health insurance contracts for Illinois state employees expire on June 30. On Friday, Sagamon County Judge Brian Otwell placed a stay on planned new contracts as part of a lawsuit filed by health insurance companies.

Without the temporary contracts, thousands of state employees would be forced to choose new healthcare providers, according to the report. The fact that state employees must make healthcare selections by Friday added to the confusion and hysteria once the planned contracts were delayed.

Read the Bloomberg Businessweek report on health insurance.

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