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Get the facts about Rauner’s proposals for state and university employee healthcare

by Amy Excell | Sep 26, 2016
You have probably heard the myths about the Governor's proposed changes. Here are the facts.

Recently, some IFT members have received misleading information from Central Management Services (CMS) and may have seen inaccurate news reports about Governor Rauner’s proposed healthcare plan. These changes would apply only to state employees and university faculty and staff.

While the Governor claims that not much would be different under his proposal, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The IFT and AFSCME have checked the facts and created this video to set the record straight.

Video courtesy of AFSCME


Rauner’s “last, best and final offer” would impose a 67 percent increase on employee healthcare costs. Every affected employee would pay an average of $3,100 more per year.

The IFT and our union partners oppose all the Governor's proposed changes, which include the following:

  • Premiums would double for employees who choose to keep their current health plan.

  • Employees who elect to keep current premiums will receive a lesser health plan - with higher copays, deductibles, and other out-of-pocket expenses.

  • These high deductible plans would include these cost increases:
    50 percent increase for doctor visits
    67 percent increase for specialist visits
    54 percent increase for brand drugs
    88 percent increase for generic drugs

  • Out-of-pocket maximum costs would more than double, to $6,850 per year for individuals and $13,750 per year for plans with dependents.

  • Dental premiums would increase by $108/year for members with one dependent and by $258 for those with multiple dependents.

These changes would apply in the first year. Governor Rauner also wants to increase employee costs by up to 10 percent more in future years.

The IFT and AFSCME are working together to fight these increases. In January, the Governor declared an impasse in negotiations with our unions. Earlier this month, the Illinois Labor Relations Board (ILRB) disagreed with Rauner’s core contention and asked the administration to resume negotiations on key issues, including healthcare. The IFT and our AFSCME partners are awaiting related ILRB rulings, which may be decided as early as November.

Watch your inbox for updates as they become available.

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