SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Health insurance benefits have been extended for state workers.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore explains, an Illinois legislative panel known as the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability has voted to give state employees an extension on benefits.

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LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports

Health care providers who were not chosen for the new contracts set for July 1 filed a lawsuit. An appeals court then ruled the state must wait for the lawsuit to be resolved before making any permanent changes to the plan.

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Following the ruling, temporary contracts were put in place. They were set to expire on Sept. 28.

Those have now been extended through June of next year, and the state can now negotiate new contracts with health insurance companies.

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