Updated Feb. 6, 2015
Retiree Health Insurance Premiums Class Action Lawsuit Information
A letter will soon be going out to retired SURS members who had 1% or 2% of their annuity payments withheld by the State of Illinois as medical insurance premiums pursuant to Public Act 97-695 starting in July, 2013. In lawsuits challenging these premiums, known as Kanerva vs. Weems, the court ordered this premium withholding to stop. The court also created a class of affected system members and ordered refunds of the premiums already withheld from them. The letter explaining the rights of individuals in this class will be going out on or before February 9, 2015. Please watch your mailbox for that notice.
As the notice will explain in more detail, you have three options:
(1) You may opt-out of the class by submitting the completed opt-out form by March 11, 2015, in which event you will not receive any refund in this case of the premiums withheld from your annuity payments pursuant to Public Act 97‑695, and are not guaranteed to receive any refund of those premiums; or
(2) If you do not opt out of the class , you may object to the class attorneys’ request for fees to be deducted from all refunds paid as part of the case; or
(3) You may do nothing and remain a member of the class entitled to a net refund of premiums as part of the case without submitting any objection to the class attorneys’ fee request.
There is a special website that contains extensive information about this case and the rights of members of the class entitled to refunds: www.kanervahealthinsurancerefund.com. This website includes copies of the court-approved notice to class members and the form with instructions for anyone who wishes to be excluded from the class and the court-ordered refunds to class members. You should consult that website for further information before e-mailing or calling the attorneys involved in the case.
Note: This case and the rights described in the letter going out to members of the class established by the court do not concern general health insurance program coverage options or benefits. Information about those options and benefits may be found here, and contact information for questions about them may be found here.