Pyle v. City of Granite City

Illinois Appellate Court
Civil Court
Public Safety Employee Benefit Act
Case Number: 
2012 IL App (5th) 110472
Decision Date: 
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
5th Dist.
Madison Co.
Affirmed in part and reversed in part; remanded.
Firefighter sued for declaratory judgment and mandamus relief, alleging that City had improperly denied payment for health insurance premiums it owed under Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (PSEBA); court found that firefighter was entitled to payments during his lifetime. Where employee lives to become Medicare eligible, his benefits shall be reduced and may cease. City was not required to pay premiums for his supplemental Medicare benefits. PSEBA provides benefits beyond those provided in Illinois Insurance Code; under PSEBA, City was responsible for paying insurance premium for firefighter until he became Medicare eligible. (DONOVAN and GOLDENHERSH, concurring.)