Wednesday, August 17, 2011
sponsored by

DHFS to negotiate state health contract extensions

Send a link to a friend

[August 17, 2011]  SPRINGFIELD -- State employees and retirees are a step closer to keeping their current health insurance plans through fiscal 2012, according to state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington.

On Aug. 16, the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability voted to allow the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to negotiate contract extensions through June 30, 2012. The current contracts had been set expire on Sept. 28.

"This is good news for thousands of Illinois citizens who have faced uncertainty with their health coverage as a result of poor leadership and knee-jerk decisions by the current administration," Brady said. "And the work to resolve this situation must continue, before we find ourselves back in this same position next June."

The 44th District senator was one of 34 senators who sent a letter to the governor on May 6 asking for the "detailed financial information" used in the decision to drop Health Alliance and Humana.

"My legislative office has had quite a few calls about the announcement in April that the state was dropping Health Alliance and Humana insurance plans from state's group health insurance program," Brady said. "The callers have said how unfair the decision is and questioned why the change was done so secretly, quickly and without the input of the patients who will be affected."

[Text from file sent on behalf of Sen. Bill Brady by Illinois Senate Republican staff]

< Top Stories index

Back to top


News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching and Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries

Community | Perspectives | Law and Courts | Leisure Time | Spiritual Life | Health and Fitness | Teen Scene
Calendar | Letters to the Editor