Murphy Advances Measure to Study Creation of State-Sponsored Clinic for Employees, Retirees

Rep. Murphy passed House Joint Resolution 16 out of the House State Government Administration Committee on a unanimous vote. HJR 16 will create a task force to study the possibility of creating a State sponsored health clinic for employees, dependents, and retirees. Currently, the City of Springfield, Sangamon County, and District 186 have already established this type of clinic that saves on health care costs by allowing the employer to pay a fixed hourly rate to operate the clinic as opposed to the higher cost of an employee visiting their regular doctor or an urgent care.

 “This is a win-win for the employer and employee for many reasons. The State can realize savings to our group insurance costs and our employees can visit this clinic for no co-pay,” said Representative Murphy.

 In the first year of its implementation, the City of Springfield has seen $100,000 in savings from its Leadwell Clinic that serves City of Springfield employees, dependents, and retirees.

 “The State of Illinois is spending $2 billion a year on group insurance for our employees. Governments and businesses around the country are looking at ways to reduce health care costs and this model is one step the State of Illinois can take to offer employees options and save costs to taxpayers across the state.”