State Rep. David McSweeney is featured in an article about legislators’ health insurance in an Illinois Network News article. (The Illinois News Network is a part of the Illinois Policy Institute.)
The headline is
GA health benefits cost taxpayers $1.2 million
Legislators paid $251,000.
143 out of 177 participated in the plan.
The rest, including McSweeney, have opted out.
He says the perk should be scaled back, if not eliminate.
Recently, a candidate for retiring State Rep. Mike Tryon’s seat in the General Assembly, Paul Serwatka, made acceptatance of the insurance benefits (there are life insurance policies, too) an issue in the four-person race.
The two other men in the race, Dan Wilbrandt and Allen Skillicorn, took the same stance as Serwatka.
The lone woman, Carolyn Schofield, was unwilling to join them, but did say that she was on her husband’s insurance policey now.
State legislators have the same health and life benefits as all other state employees.
Starting in 2018 under the Affordable Care Act and in 2018 the state could begin paying an excise tax to the federal government for the benefits, the article says.