Ending Free Health Care for Life

02/03/2015

DES PLAINES, Ill. – As part of his continuing efforts to cut wasteful government spending and end taxpayer handouts to state legislators, state Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, is sponsoring legislation that would end the practice of taxpayers providing free health insurance for life for retired state elected officials.

“I was outraged to learn that hard working taxpayers are expected to pay for free health insurance for life for certain elected officials,” Moylan said. “The families of my district are already paying more than their fair share in taxes and I am looking to provide relief by cutting wasteful spending wherever it is found.”

Under current law, state funds pay a portion of a retired state legislator’s health insurance in the same manner that an employer pays for a portion of an employee’s health insurance plan. Moylan’s bill, House Bill 398, would require retired legislators to pay the entirety of their health care costs. Moylan filed similar legislation at the end of the last legislative session, but the session ended before the bill could be voted on by the full General Assembly.

“Cost-cutting measures like this can help Illinois return to fiscal stability,” said Moylan. “This is a common sense proposal that will cut down on unnecessary spending by the state.”

For more information, please contact Moylan’s full-time constituent service office at 847-635-6821 or staterepmoylan@gmail.com.