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Substitute Senate Bill No. 294

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-110

AN ACT CONCERNING HOSPITALIZATION AND MEDICAL AND SURGICAL INSURANCE FOR JUDGES OF PROBATE AND PROBATE COURT EMPLOYEES.

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

Section 1. Section 5-259 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(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) employees of the Connecticut Institute for Municipal Studies established by section 1-135, (4) participants in an alternate retirement program who meet the service requirements of section 5-162 or subsection (a) of section 5-166, [and] (5) anyone receiving benefits from any state-sponsored retirement system, except the teachers' retirement system [,] AND the municipal employees retirement system, and [the probate judges and employees retirement system] (6) JUDGES OF PROBATE AND PROBATE COURT EMPLOYEES. The minimum benefits to be provided by such plan or plans shall be substantially equal in value to the benefits which 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 his individual coverage and seventy per cent of the additional cost of his 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 his 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 his individual coverage and one hundred per cent of any additional cost for his form of coverage. The balance of any premiums payable by an individual employee or by a member of the General Assembly for his 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 which 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.

(b) The insurance coverage procured under subsection (a) of this section for active state employees, employees of the Connecticut Institute for Municipal Studies, anyone receiving benefits from any such state-sponsored retirement system and members of the General Assembly, who are over sixty-five years of age, may be modified to reflect benefits available to such employees or members pursuant to Social Security and medical benefits programs administered by the federal government, provided any payments required to secure such benefits administered by the federal government shall be paid by the Comptroller either directly to the employee or members or to the agency of the federal government authorized to collect such payments.

(c) On October 1, 1972, the Comptroller shall continue to afford payroll deduction services for employees participating in existing authorized plans covering state employees until such time as the employee elects in writing to be covered by the plan authorized by subsection (a) of this section.

(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. 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.

(e) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, (1) vending stand operators eligible for membership in the state employee's retirement system pursuant to section 5-175a, shall be eligible for coverage under the group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plans procured under this section, provided the cost for such operators' insurance coverage shall be paid by the Board of Education and Services for the Blind from vending machine income pursuant to section 10-303 and (2) blind persons employed in workshops established pursuant to section 10-298a, shall be eligible for coverage under the group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plans procured under this section, provided the cost for such persons' insurance coverage shall be paid by the Board of Education and Services for the Blind from such persons' earnings.

(f) 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 any person, designated a foster parent or a parent in a permanent family residence by the Department of Children and Families for six months or more, and any dependent of such parent, who elects coverage under such plan or plans. The Comptroller may also arrange for inclusion of such person and any dependent in an existing group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan offered by the state. Any foster parent or a parent in a permanent family residence and any dependent who elects coverage shall pay one hundred per cent of the premium charged for such coverage directly to the insurer, provided such foster parent or parent and all such dependents shall be included in such group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan. A person and his dependents electing coverage pursuant to this subsection shall be eligible for such coverage until no longer designated a foster parent or a parent in a permanent family residence. As used in this section "dependent" means a spouse or natural or adopted child if such child is wholly or partially dependent for support upon the foster parent or parent in a permanent family residence.

(g) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SUBSECTION (a) OF THIS SECTION, THE PROBATE COURT ADMINISTRATION FUND ESTABLISHED IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 45a-82, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 2 OF THIS ACT, SHALL PAY FOR EACH PROBATE JUDGE AND PROBATE COURT EMPLOYEE NOT MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED PER CENT OF THE PORTION OF THE PREMIUM CHARGED FOR HIS INDIVIDUAL COVERAGE AND NOT MORE THAN FIFTY PER CENT OF ANY ADDITIONAL COST FOR HIS FORM OF COVERAGE. THE REMAINDER OF THE PREMIUM FOR SUCH COVERAGE SHALL BE PAID BY THE PROBATE JUDGE OR PROBATE COURT EMPLOYEE TO THE STATE TREASURER. PAYMENT SHALL BE CREDITED BY THE STATE TREASURER TO THE FUND ESTABLISHED BY SECTION 45a-82, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 2 OF THIS ACT. THE TOTAL PREMIUMS PAYABLE SHALL BE REMITTED BY THE PROBATE COURT ADMINISTRATOR DIRECTLY TO THE INSURANCE COMPANY OR COMPANIES OR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION OR ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDING THE COVERAGE. THE PROBATE COURT ADMINISTRATOR SHALL ESTABLISH REGULATIONS GOVERNING GROUP HOSPITALIZATION AND MEDICAL AND SURGICAL INSURANCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVISION (1) OF SUBSECTION (b) OF SECTION 45a-77.

(h) FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SECTION, "PROBATE COURT EMPLOYEE" MEANS A PERSON EMPLOYED BY A PROBATE COURT FOR AT LEAST TWENTY HOURS PER WEEK.

Sec. 2. Subsection (c) of section 45a-82 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) All payments from said fund authorized by sections 5-259, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 1 OF THIS ACT, 17a-77, 17a-274, 17a-498, 17a-510, 45a-1 to 45a-12, inclusive, 45a-18 to 45a-26, inclusive, 45a-34 to [45a-57] 45a-56, inclusive, sections 45a-62 to 45a-68, inclusive, 45a-74 to 45a-83, inclusive, 45a-90 to 45a-94, inclusive, 45a-98, 45a-99, 45a-105, 45a-119 to 45a-123, inclusive, 45a-128, 45a-130, 45a-131, 45a-133, 45a-152, 45a-175 to 45a-180, inclusive, 45a-199 and 45a-202, shall be made upon vouchers approved by the Probate Court Administrator.

Sec. 3. Section 45a-57 of the general statutes is repealed.

Sec. 4. This act shall take effect January 1, 1997.

Approved May 24, 1996. Effective January 1, 1997.

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