Citations Affected: IC 5-10-8-8.
Synopsis: Health insurance for retired state employees. Reduces by
50% the percentage of premiums that certain retired state employees
and elected officials must pay in order to participate in the retired state
employee health insurance program.
Effective: July 1, 2005.
January 13, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state
offices and administration.
employer and the employee share of the cost of the coverage.
(f) The group health insurance program required under subsections (b) through (e) must be equal to that offered active employees. The retired employee may participate in the group health insurance program if the retired employee:
(1) pays an amount equal to fifty percent (50%) of the employer's and fifty percent (50%) of the employee's premium for the group health insurance for an active employee; and
if the retired employee within ninety (90) days after the
employee's retirement date files a written request for insurance
coverage with the employer.
However, The employer may elect to pay any part more than fifty
percent (50%) of the retired employee's premium with respect to
insurance coverage under this chapter.
(g) Except as provided in subsection (j), a retired employee's eligibility to continue insurance under this section ends when the employee becomes eligible for Medicare coverage as prescribed by 42 U.S.C. 1395 et seq., or when the employer terminates the health insurance program. A retired employee who is eligible for insurance coverage under this section may elect to have the employee's spouse covered under the health insurance program at the time the employee retires. If a retired employee's spouse pays the amount the retired employee would have been required to pay for coverage selected by the spouse, the spouse's subsequent eligibility to continue insurance under this section is not affected by the death of the retired employee. The surviving spouse's eligibility ends on the earliest of the following:
(1) When the spouse becomes eligible for Medicare coverage as prescribed by 42 U.S.C. 1395 et seq.
(2) When the employer terminates the health insurance program.
(3) Two (2) years after the date of the employee's death.
(4) The date of the spouse's remarriage.
(h) This subsection does not apply to an employee who is entitled to group insurance coverage under IC 20-6.1-6-1(c). An employee who is on leave without pay is entitled to participate for ninety (90) days in any health insurance program maintained by the employer for active employees if the employee pays an amount equal to the total of the employer's and the employee's premiums for the insurance.
(i) An employer may provide group health insurance for retired employees or their spouses not covered by this section and may provide group health insurance that contains provisions more favorable to retired employees and their spouses than required by this section. A public employer may provide group health insurance to an employee
who is on leave without pay for a longer period than required by
(j) An employer may elect to permit former employees and their spouses, including surviving spouses, to continue to participate in a group health insurance program under this chapter after the former employee (who is otherwise qualified under this chapter to participate in a group insurance program) or spouse has become eligible for Medicare coverage as prescribed by 42
U.S.C.A. U.S.C. 1395 et seq.
An employer who makes an election under this section may require a
person who continues coverage under this subsection to participate in
a retiree health benefit plan developed under section 8.3 of this chapter.