An August 3 ruling by a state appeals court will allow state workers, dependents and retirees to temporarily keep their current health insurance plan, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Also during the week, the recent federal debt deal has raised questions about Illinois having a debt ceiling, and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority is encouraging suburban residents to provide input on its $12 billion tollway improvement and expansion plan.

An Illinois appellate court upheld a central Illinois judge’s previous ruling that halted the state’s transition to a new health care provider for state employees and retirees while a court case progresses against the state’s decision to switch providers.

In response to confusion and concerns surrounding the state’s transition from current providers Health Alliance and Humana, to Blue Cross Blue Shield, a 90-day emergency extension of current contracts was issued by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability in June." />

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