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Changes to retiree healthcare cause questions

Update: 10:06 pm SPRINGFIELD -- Wednesday some questions were answered about changes in health insurance for state retirees.
Update: 10:06 pm
SPRINGFIELD -- Wednesday some questions were answered about changes in health insurance for state retirees. Illinois dropped Health Alliance from its contract.

But, if you're on the state plan, you can still go to Carle. It could cost you more or less depending on your situation. Carle says it will not ask patients to pay upfront.

Original: 5:00 pm
SPRINGFIELD -- Healthcare benefits for state retirees are about to go through a wholesale change. It's left thousands looking for help.

They want to know where they can go and what it will cost to see a doctor. The biggest question is, can they still go to Carle?

There are still a lot of questions left to be answered, but the short version is yes. Earlier this year, AFSCME and the state negotiated changes to retiree healthcare benefits.

But, Health Alliance was not included. That's the provider most retirees in the area are covered under and what Carle accepts.

Now, about 6,000 retirees will have to choose a Medicare Advantage Plan under Aetna, Humana or United instead. But, State Senator Chapin Rose (R) says the changes shouldn't make a huge difference where you go, but it could change how much you pay.

Under the new plan, out-of-pocket costs will be capped at $1,300, whether you go in-network or out-of-network. Carle says it will not make retirees pay the full amount for services up front.

The state says it's sending out prices for premiums to all retirees in the mail. If you haven't received one yet, the last round was mailed Wednesday.
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