SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The state of Illinois has started refunding health insurance premium money to state government retirees as ordered by the Illinois Supreme Court.

The refunds resulted in the high court’s decision to toss a 2012 state law requiring the retired state workers to pay part of their pension toward their health insurance.

The State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/1GKcmEs ) reports that multiple lawsuits were filed challenging the law and about $63 million was collected in premium money following the ruling.

According to the Department of Central Management Services, refunds are being distributed to nearly 95,000 retirees. Spokeswoman Meredith Krantz says most of the retirees already have received them, and a majority of those who haven’t are now dead so the money will be credited to their estates.

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