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CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois has given state employees a few more days to make changes to their health insurance plans.

The deadline for changes is now the end of business Monday, moved up from Friday.

Employees can make changes including choosing a new health insurance plan or adding dependent coverage. The changes will take effect July 1.

Recent legal wrangling over state health insurance had caused widespread confusion about what plan options would be available for the upcoming fiscal year.

As the litigation works its way through the courts, the state has signed 90-day contracts with several existing vendors. But no agreement could be reached with Humana.

Current Humana members who don’t pick a new plan by the deadline will be defaulted into a CIGNA plan effective July 1.

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