NC Retirees Sue Over State Employee Health Plan

A group of retirees is suing the North Carolina state employees' health plan saying lawmakers aren't allowed to change the insurance plans in which they are enrolled.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports several breach of contract lawsuits were filed Friday in Gaston County, representing retired teachers, school administrators, SBI agents, office clerks and others. The lead plaintiff is former Supreme Court Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake.

Lawyer Christopher Whelchel says the retired employees sued because once they have benefits, their contracts can't be changed.

For 20 years, the state offered a basic plan that did not require premiums, but the payments were added by the Legislature in 2011.

No one from the state health plan or the attorney general's office responded to the newspaper's request for comment.

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