State Health Care Update

Report on State of Illinois Employee Group Health Insurance

President Killeen convened a task force to examine the University’s State of Illinois provided group insurance plan in light of expected changes in employee health care benefits and premiums being proposed by the state. Read the Report on State of Illinois Employee Group Health Insurance.

Recent News

1/9/2017 Springfield State Journal-Register: AFSCME says it will accept wage freeze to resume talks

12/5/2016 Springfield State Journal-Register: Labor board formalizes AFSCME ruling; union will fight

11/16/2016 Chicago Tribune: Rauner scores big win over union on contract talks 

11/15/2016 Springfield State Journal-Register: Labor board rules against AFSCME; governor will impose contract terms 

University Advocacy Efforts

University leadership continues to voice concerns to state leaders, including advocating on behalf of faculty and staff about the state's claim payment delay, progress on dental claims, and opposing the state's suggestion that it may collect premiums retroactively. These advocacy efforts will continue.

How Can I Help?

If you would like to voice your concerns, you can contact the Governor’s office and your local legislators. Visit Illinois Connection at www.illinoisconnection.org, and select Contact Your Legislators. Customize the text of a pre-populated letter with your thoughts on health care. It is best practice to use personal phone or email, and to contact elected officials outside working hours or during scheduled breaks.

Health Care Info Sessions

Informational sessions were held in June and July 2016.

Q & A: https://nessie.uihr.uillinois.edu/pdf/benefits/HealthcareQA.pdf

Questions

View the dates listed on the CMS Claim Payment Delay website to determine if your claim is in the date range of those being released at any given time. This site is updated daily as claims are processed and funds are released.

For claim problems, first contact your health plan (insurance company). If not resolved, contact CMS at CMS.WebsiteBenefits@illinois.gov or 1-800-442-1300, selecting 1 at the first three prompts.

For University Payroll & Benefits (UPB):