An August 3 ruling by a state appeals court will allow state workers, dependents and retirees to temporarily keep their current health insurance plan.

An Illinois appellate court upheld a central Illinois judge’s previous ruling that halted the state’s transition to a new health care provider for state employees and retirees while a court case progresses against the state’s decision to switch providers.

In response to confusion and concerns surrounding the state’s transition from current providers Health Alliance and Humana, to Blue Cross Blue Shield, a 90-day emergency extension of current contracts was issued by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability in June.

The extension will remain in effect until September 28. It’s anticipated that as a result of the appellate court decision, another 90-day extension will be issued to allow current and retired state workers to continue with their current health care plans until the court case and the contractual issues are resolved.

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