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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Utah State Retirement and Insurance Benefit Act by allowing the
10 Legislature to use public or private providers to administer benefits plans to its
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . defines terms;
15 . allows, rather than requires, the Legislature to participate in the Public Employee
16 Health Insurance Program;
17 . provides that the Legislature shall determine health care benefit plans for its
18 members from public or private providers;
19 . permits the Legislature to offer the health care benefit plan in the defined
20 contribution market;
21 . sets parameters for participation in the benefit plan; and
22 . makes technical changes.
23 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
25 Other Special Clauses:
27 Utah Code Sections Affected:
29 49-20-201, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 130
31 36-2-6, Utah Code Annotated 1953
33 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
34 Section 1. Section 36-2-6 is enacted to read:
35 36-2-6. Definitions -- Benefit plans for legislators.
36 (1) As used in this section:
37 (a) "Benefit plan" means any group or individual health, dental, medical, disability, life
38 insurance, Medicare supplement, conversion coverage, cafeteria, flex plan, health
39 reimbursement arrangements, individual health savings accounts, or other program for covered
40 individuals offered under this section.
41 (b) "Covered individual" means a legislator and the legislator's dependents who are
42 eligible for coverage under a benefit plan offered under this section.
43 (2) The House of Representatives, Senate, or Legislature shall determine annually, or
44 as needed:
45 (a) the extent to which the following health benefit plan features may be incorporated
46 into the benefit plans offered to legislators and their dependents in compliance with the federal
47 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, federal ERISA laws, and the Internal
48 Revenue Code:
49 (i) individual accountability for behavior and lifestyle choices that effect health status
50 and costs;
51 (ii) the ability of a legislator to select and own a personal health benefit plan that is
52 separate from the employer and is portable; and
53 (iii) health plan reimbursement features that align the incentives in the health care
54 system to promote the efficient and effective delivery of health care;
55 (b) appropriate funding levels for the legislative health benefit plan;
56 (c) cost sharing features for the health benefit plan that promote effective and efficient
57 use and selection of a health benefit plan; and
58 (d) other provisions of the health benefit plans.
59 (3) On or after January 1, 2012, the House of Representatives, Senate, or Legislature
60 may provide a covered individual with a choice of benefit plans offered in the defined
61 contribution market on the Internet portal created by Section 63M-1-2504 .
62 Section 2. Section 49-20-201 is amended to read:
63 49-20-201. Program participation -- Eligibility -- Optional for certain groups.
64 (1) (a) [
65 program on behalf of its employees.
66 (b) Other employers, including political subdivisions and educational institutions, are
67 eligible, but are not required, to participate in the program on behalf of their employees.
68 (2) (a) The Department of Health may participate in the program for the purpose of
69 providing health and dental benefits to children enrolled in the Utah Children's Health
70 Insurance Program created in Title 26, Chapter 40, Utah Children's Health Insurance Act, if the
71 provisions in Subsection 26-40-110 (4) occur.
72 (b) If the Department of Health participates in the program under the provisions of this
73 Subsection (2), all insurance risk associated with the Children's Health Insurance Program shall
74 be the responsibility of the Department of Health and not the program or the office.
75 (3) A covered individual shall be eligible for coverage after termination of employment
76 under rules adopted by the board.
77 (4) Only the following are eligible for Medicare supplement coverage under this
78 chapter upon becoming eligible for Medicare Part A and Part B coverage:
79 (a) retirees;
80 (b) members;
81 (c) participants;
82 (d) employees who have medical employee benefit plan coverage at the time of their
83 retirement; and
84 (e) current spouses of those who are eligible under Subsections (4)(a) through (d).
85 (5) The following state entities are not required, but may participate in the program:
86 (a) the Utah State Senate, for its members, if it elects to use the benefit plan described
87 in Section 36-2-6 ; and
88 (b) the Utah House of Representatives, for its members, if it elects to use the benefit
89 plan described in Section 36-2-6 .
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-23-09 6:11 PM