8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill modifies the Public Employees' Benefit and Insurance Program Act by
11 amending provisions relating to insurance death benefits for certain employees'
13 Highlighted Provisions:
14 This bill:
15 ▸ repeals the provision that a surviving spouse of a covered individual who is
16 employed by the state and has a line-of-duty death is eligible for group health
17 coverage paid for by the state only until the surviving spouse remarries; and
18 ▸ provides that a surviving spouse of a covered individual who is employed by the
19 state and has a line-of-duty death is eligible for group health coverage paid for by
20 the state as long as the surviving spouse continues coverage with the program.
21 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
23 Other Special Clauses:
24 This bill provides retrospective operation.
25 Utah Code Sections Affected:
27 49-20-406, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 40
29 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
30 Section 1. Section 49-20-406 is amended to read:
31 49-20-406. Insurance benefits for employees' beneficiaries.
32 (1) As used in this section:
33 (a) "Children" includes stepchildren and legally adopted children.
34 (b) (i) "Line-of-duty death" means a death resulting from:
35 (A) external force or violence occasioned by an act of duty as an employee; or
36 (B) strenuous activity, including a heart attack or stroke, that occurs during strenuous
37 training or another strenuous activity required as an act of duty as an employee.
38 (ii) "Line-of-duty death" does not include a death that:
39 (A) occurs during an activity that is required as an act of duty as an employee if the
40 activity is not a strenuous activity, including an activity that is clerical, administrative, or of a
41 nonmanual nature contributes to the employee's death;
42 (B) occurs during the commission of a crime committed by the employee;
43 (C) the employee's intoxication or use of alcohol or drugs, whether prescribed or
44 nonprescribed, contributes to the employee's death; or
45 (D) occurs in a manner other than as described in Subsection (1)(b)(i).
46 (c) (i) "Strenuous activity" means engagement involving a difficult, stressful, or
47 vigorous fire suppression, rescue, hazardous material response, emergency medical service,
48 physical law enforcement, prison security, disaster relief, or other emergency response activity.
49 (ii) "Strenuous activity" includes participating in a participating employer sanctioned
50 and funded training exercise that involves difficult, stressful, or vigorous physical activity.
51 (2) The beneficiary of a covered individual who is employed by the state and who has a
52 line-of-duty death shall receive:
53 (a) the proceeds of a $50,000 group term life insurance policy paid for by the state and
54 administered and provided as part of the group life insurance program under this chapter; and
55 (b) group health coverage paid for by the state that covers the covered individual's:
56 (i) surviving spouse until [
58 (ii) unmarried children up to the age of 26.
59 (3) A covered employer not required to provide the benefits under Subsection (2) may
60 provide either or both of the benefits under Subsection (2) by paying rates established by the
62 (4) The benefit provided under Subsection (2)(a) is subject to the same terms and
63 conditions as the group life insurance program provided under this chapter.
64 Section 2. Retrospective operation.
65 This bill has retrospective operation beginning on January 1, 2018.