THIS IS HUGE NEWS, and not good news for those in State Government trying to get a handle on the rising cost of pensions and benefits to workers and retirees. The Illinois Supreme Court just issued a ruling that HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE is a benefit akin to Pension benefits, and therefore the healthcare coverage for beneficiaries cannot be diminished.
Here is a line from the IL Supreme Court's ruling
"We conclude that the State’s provision of health insurance premium subsidies for retirees is a benefit of membership in a pension or retirement system within the meaning of article XIII, section 5, of the Illinois Constitution,"
Here is a link to the entire ruling by the Court in the case of Kanerva v Weems