Marron Resolution Calls for Hearings into Health Insurance Contract for Retirees

FITHIAN – State Representative Mike Marron (R-Fithian) has authored a House Resolution that calls for Committee hearings to look into the process that led to the State of Illinois awarding the retiree health insurance contract to Aetna. Marron’s House Resolution 979 comes after months of uncertainty for Illinois retirees and Medicare-eligible individuals.

“The issue for my constituents has been a lack of transparency and the anxiety that comes with not knowing if you’re going to be able to continue seeing your doctor,” Marron said. “This was a decision that had an immediate impact on thousands of people in central and east-central Illinois. There haven’t been a lot of answers, but there are a lot of questions.”

Earlier this week, Rep. Marron filed legislation that would require the State of Illinois to provide at least two choices for health insurance coverage for retirees and Medicare-eligible individuals. Shortly after filing HB 5831, Carle and Aetna reached a tentative agreement that will allow local residents to access Carle’s healthcare services.

“I couldn’t be more thankful to the folks at Carle and Aetna for working together to find a solution to this issue. We’ve got retirees that are breathing a sigh of relief right now, and that is a good thing. However, I want to work to avoid these kinds of crises in the future. That’s why I’ve filed House Resolution 979 that calls for hearings into how the health insurance contracts are awarded and how we can work together to avoid similar untenable situations in the future.”

HR 979 was filed Thursday morning. Marron says he’ll call for the Resolution’s passage during the 2022 Veto Session later this month.