Substitute Senate Bill No. 568

Public Act No. 00-197

An Act Concerning Benefits For Survivors Of Municipal Employees.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Subsection (a) of section 5-259 of the general statutes, as amended by section 25 of public act 99-240 and section 52 of public act 99-241, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Comptroller, with the approval of the Attorney General and of the Insurance Commissioner, shall arrange and procure a group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan or plans for (1) state employees, (2) members of the General Assembly who elect coverage under such plan or plans, (3) employees of the Connecticut Institute for Municipal Studies established by section 1-135, (4) participants in an alternate retirement program who meet the service requirements of section 5-162 or subsection (a) of section 5-166, (5) anyone receiving benefits under section 5-144, as amended, or from any state-sponsored retirement system, except the teachers' retirement system and the municipal employees retirement system, (6) judges of probate and Probate Court employees, (7) the surviving spouse, until remarriage, and any dependent children until they reach the age of eighteen, of a member of an organized local police department or a constable who performs criminal law enforcement duties who dies as the result of injuries received while acting within the scope of such officer's or constable's employment and not as the result of illness or natural causes, [and] (8) employees of the Capital City Economic Development Authority established by section 32-601, as amended, and (9) the surviving spouse and dependent children of any employee of a municipality who dies on or after October 1, 2000, as the result of injuries received while acting within the scope of such employee's employment and not as the result of illness or natural causes, and whose surviving spouse and dependent children are not otherwise eligible for a group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan. For purposes of this subdivision, "employee" means any regular employee or elective officer receiving pay from a municipality, and "municipality" means any town, city, borough, school district, taxing district, fire district, district department of health, probate district, housing authority, regional work force development board established under section 31-3k, as amended, flood commission or authority established by special act or regional planning agency. The minimum benefits to be provided by such plan or plans shall be substantially equal in value to the benefits which each such employee or member of the General Assembly could secure in such plan or plans on an individual basis on the preceding first day of July. The state shall pay for each such employee and each member of the General Assembly covered by such plan or plans the portion of the premium charged for such member or employee's individual coverage and seventy per cent of the additional cost of the form of coverage and such amount shall be credited to the total premiums owed by such employee or member of the General Assembly for the form of such member or employee's coverage under such plan or plans. On and after January 1, 1989, the state shall pay for anyone receiving benefits from any such state-sponsored retirement system one hundred per cent of the portion of the premium charged for such member or employee's individual coverage and one hundred per cent of any additional cost for the form of coverage. The balance of any premiums payable by an individual employee or by a member of the General Assembly for the form of coverage shall be deducted from the payroll by the State Comptroller. The total premiums payable shall be remitted by the Comptroller to the insurance company or companies or nonprofit organization or organizations providing the coverage. The amount of the state's contribution per employee for a health maintenance organization option shall be equal, in terms of dollars and cents, to the largest amount of the contribution per employee paid for any other option which is available to all eligible state employees included in the health benefits plan, but shall not be required to exceed the amount of the health maintenance organization premium.

Approved June 1, 2000