Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1198

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 5-10-8-8.2.

Synopsis: Health insurance for a legislator's surviving spouse. Removes the length of service requirement for health insurance eligibility for the surviving spouse and eligible dependents of a legislator who dies in office.

Effective: Upon passage.





Kromkowski




    January 13, 2004, read first time and referred to Committee on Appointments and Claims.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2004)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1198



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning the general assembly.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 5-10-8-8.2; (04)IN1198.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 5-10-8-8.2, AS ADDED BY P.L.13-2001, SECTION 10, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE]: Sec. 8.2. (a) As used in this section, "former legislator" means a former member of the general assembly.
    (b) As used in this section, "dependent" means an unmarried person who:
        (1) is:
            (A) a dependent child, stepchild, foster child, or adopted child of a former legislator or spouse of a former legislator; or
            (B) a child who resides in the home of a former legislator or spouse of a former legislator who has been appointed legal guardian for the child; and
        (2) is:
            (A) less than twenty-three (23) years of age;
            (B) at least twenty-three (23) years of age, incapable of self-sustaining employment by reason of mental or physical disability, and is chiefly dependent on a former legislator or

spouse of a former legislator for support and maintenance; or
            (C) at least twenty-three (23) years of age and less than twenty-five (25) years of age and is enrolled in and is a full-time student at an accredited college or university.
    (c) As used in this section, "spouse" means a person who is or was married to a former legislator.
    (d) After June 30, 2001, the state shall provide to a former legislator:
        (1) whose last day of service as a member of the general assembly was after December 31, 2000;
        (2) who served in all or part of at least four (4) terms of the general assembly (as defined in IC 2-2.1-1-1);
        (3) who pays an amount equal to the employee's and employer's premium for the group health insurance for an active employee; and
        (4) who files a written request for insurance coverage with the employer within ninety (90) days after the former legislator's:
            (A) last day of service as a member of the general assembly; or
            (B) retirement date;
a group health insurance program that is equal to that offered to active employees.
    (e) Except as provided by section 8(j) of this chapter, the eligibility of a former legislator to continue insurance under this section ends when the former legislator becomes eligible for Medicare coverage as prescribed by 42 U.S.C.A. U.S.C. 1395 et seq. or when the employer terminates the health insurance program.
    (f) A former legislator who is eligible for insurance coverage under this section may elect to have a spouse or dependent of the former legislator covered under the health insurance program. A former legislator who makes an election under this subsection must pay the employee's and employer's premium for the group health insurance program for an active employee that is attributable to the inclusion of a spouse or dependent.
    (g) A spouse or dependent may continue insurance under this section after the death of the former legislator if the spouse or dependent pays the amount the former legislator would have been required to pay for coverage selected by the spouse or dependent.
    (h) Except as provided under section 8(j) of this chapter, the eligibility of a spouse to continue insurance under this section ends on the earliest of the following:
        (1) When the employer terminates the health insurance program.


        (2) The date of the legislative spouse's remarriage.
        (3) When the required amount for coverage is not paid with respect to the spouse.
        (4) When the spouse becomes eligible for Medicare coverage as prescribed by 42 U.S.C.A. U.S.C. 1395 et seq.
    (i) The eligibility of a dependent to continue insurance under this section ends on the earliest of the following:
        (1) When the employer terminates the health insurance program.
        (2) The date the dependent no longer meets the definition of a dependent.
        (3) When the required amount for coverage is not paid with respect to the dependent.
    (j) The spouse of a deceased former legislator may elect to participate in the group health insurance program under this section if all of the following apply:
        (1) The deceased legislator
            (A) died after December 31, 2000, while serving as a member of the general assembly. and
            (B) served in all or part of at least four (4) terms of the general assembly (as defined in IC 2-2.1-1-1).
        (2) The surviving spouse files a written request for insurance coverage with the employer.
        (3) The surviving spouse pays an amount equal to the employee's and employer's premium for the group health insurance for an active employee, including any amount with respect to covered dependents of the former legislator.
    (k) Except as provided under section 8(j) of this chapter, the eligibility of the surviving spouse under subsection (j) ends on the earliest of the following:
        (1) When the employer terminates the health insurance program.
        (2) The date of the spouse's remarriage.
        (3) When the required amount for coverage is not paid with respect to the spouse and any covered dependent.
        (4) When the surviving spouse becomes eligible for Medicare coverage as prescribed by 42 U.S.C.A. U.S.C. 1395 et seq.
SOURCE: ; (04)IN1198.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. An emergency is declared for this act.