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Raised Bill No. 5312

February Session, 2012

 

LCO No. 1131

 

*01131_______LAB*

 

Referred to Committee on Labor and Public Employees

 

Introduced by:

 

(LAB)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING STATE RETIREE HEALTH BENEFITS.

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

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 5-259 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(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) [participants in an alternate retirement program who meet the service requirements of section 5-162 or subsection (a) of section 5-166, (4)] anyone receiving benefits under section 5-144 [or from any state-sponsored retirement system, except the teachers' retirement system and the municipal employees retirement system, (5)] and any member who is receiving benefits from a state-sponsored retirement plan and who has satisfied the age and service requirements to qualify for health benefits coverage as a retired state employee under the collective bargaining agreement applicable to the member, (4) judges of probate and Probate Court employees, [(6)] (5) the surviving spouse, and any dependent children of a state police officer, a member of an organized local police department, a firefighter or a constable who performs criminal law enforcement duties who dies before, on or after June 26, 2003, as the result of injuries received while acting within the scope of such officer's or firefighter's or constable'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. Coverage for a dependent child pursuant to this subdivision shall terminate no earlier than the policy anniversary date on or after whichever of the following occurs first, the date on which the child: Becomes covered under a group health plan through the dependent's own employment; or attains the age of twenty-six, [(7)] (6) employees of the Capital City Economic Development Authority established by section 32-601, and [(8)] (7) 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, "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, flood commission or authority established by special act or regional planning agency. For purposes of subdivision [(6)] (5) of this subsection, "firefighter" means any person who is regularly employed and paid by any municipality for the purpose of performing firefighting duties for a municipality on average of not less than thirty-five hours per week. The minimum benefits to be provided by such plan or plans shall be substantially equal in value to the benefits that 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's 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's 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's 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 that 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.

Sec. 2. Subsection (d) of section 5-259 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(d) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the state shall pay for [a member of any such state-sponsored retirement system, or a participant in an alternate retirement program who meets the service requirements of section 5-162 or subsection (a) of section 5-166, and who begins receiving benefits from such system or program on or after November 1, 1989, eighty per cent of the portion of the premium charged for his individual coverage and eighty per cent of any additional cost for his form of coverage] any retired member who begins receiving retirement benefits from a state-sponsored retirement plan on or after November 1, 1989, and has satisfied the age and service requirement to qualify for health benefit coverage under the collective bargaining agreement applicable to the retired member, the portion of the premium charged for individual coverage and any additional costs for the retired member's form of coverage established by such agreement. Upon the death of any such member, any surviving spouse of such member who begins receiving benefits from such system shall be eligible for [coverage under this section and the state shall pay for any such spouse eighty per cent of the portion of the premium charged for his individual coverage and eighty per cent of any additional cost for his form of coverage] continued health benefit coverage, and the state shall pay the portion of the premium for individual coverage and any additional costs for the surviving spouse's form of coverage established by the collective bargaining agreement applicable to the member.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

5-259(a)

Sec. 2

from passage

5-259(d)

Statement of Purpose:

To make changes in the state employee health benefit statutes to correspond with employee concessions in the state employee collective bargaining agreement.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]