House Bill 1739
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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Retired legislator health insurance. Reduces the benefits available under the retired legislator health insurance program, including: (1) removes the election by legislative employers to permit a former member (and spouse) to remain in the program after the former member (or spouse) becomes eligible for Medicare; (2) permits legislative employers to elect to pay not more than 50% of an eligible former member's (and spouse's) Medicare supplement premium; (3) repeals the requirement that the state personnel department establish two retirement health plans that were available to state employees after they became eligible for Medicare; (4) requires former legislators to pay the same percentage of health care premiums in retirement that active legislators pay for health care benefits; and (5) exempts former legislators whose last day of service is before November 8, 2006, from the benefit reductions. Repeals and replaces without change provisions concerning eligibility requirements for the spouse of a legislator who dies in office.
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