In response to ongoing issues with the State of Illinois’ failure to provide adequate healthcare coverage for state retirees, State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) has filed legislation to allow them to choose their health insurance provider. There is similar legislation filed in the Illinois House earlier this week by Rep. Mike Marron (R-Fithian).

“The Pritzker administration has betrayed countless numbers of retirees by ripping away their existing health insurance coverage and offering a new plan that doesn’t guarantee that they can continue to see their existing doctors,” said Senator Rose. “But why can’t these folks simply enjoy the same choice options that are available to private sector retirees?”

Rose’s legislation would require the state to reimburse the retiree the same amount that the state’s MAPD program would have cost. The retiree could then use that to choose from whatever plan best suits them.

“Pritzker’s irresponsible approach has left my constituents without access to healthcare,” said Senator Rose. “But why is the state in the business of making this decision for the retiree anyway? Let the retiree decide, I say. Let them pick a plan that best suits their needs and medical circumstances. This could be considered during the fall veto session, and hopefully undo the damage that could come from the Pritzker Administration’s incompetence.”

The legislation is being filed as Senate Bill 4236.

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