Illinois taxpayer costs for state workers’ ‘Cadillac’ health plans increase 16%

(The Center Square) – Illinois taxpayers will be paying significantly more so state employees can have “Cadillac” health insurance coverage. 

The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability met Tuesday in Springfield to review the fiscal year 2025 state employees’ group insurance program. According to the 2025 budget plan, the State Employee Group Health and Life Insurance program is proposed to receive more than $6.9 billion, a 21% overall increase from last year, when the program received $5.7 billion.

The state’s taxpayers and workers share in the cost of the program.

Raven DeVaughn, director of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, said the reason for the increased cost to fund the insurance program was because of inflation. 

State Sen. State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Cherry Hills, continued to press DeVaughn and pointed out other states aren’t seeing this large of an increase.

DeVaughn admitted that the reason Illinois’ increases are larger than that of neighboring states is
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