AN ACT TO MAKE MODIFICATIONS TO THE STATE HEALTH PLAN FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES.
Amends GS 135-48.42 to allow retirees and surviving spouses to disenroll themselves or their dependents from the State Health Plan (Plan) during the Plan year without a qualifying event.
Amends GS 135-48.44 to provide that coverage under the Plan ceases on the earliest of one of the specified eight events. Amends one of those eight events to be the last day of the month, or as soon thereafter as administratively feasible, in which the Plan approves cancellation of coverage for an employee or retired employee (was, the last day of the month in which an employee or retired employee requested cancellation of coverage).
Amends GS 135-48.40 by amending the list of persons eligible for coverage under the Plan on a partially contributory basis to include employees formerly covered by the statute, other than retired employees eligible for coverage on a contributory basis (was, other than retired employees) who have been employed for 12 or more months by an employing unit or who have completed a contract term of employment of 10 or 11 months and whose employing unit is a local school administrative unit and whose jobs are eliminated because of a reduction in the funds used to support the job or its responsibilities, provided the employees were covered by the Plan at the time of separation from service resulting from a job elimination.
Amends GS 135-48.40 by amending the list of persons eligible for coverage on a fully contributory basis to include Disability Income Plan beneficiaries if the death of the former Plan member occurred after September 30, 1986, and the surviving spouse was covered under the Plan at the time of death.
Amends GS 135-48.41 to remove the waiting period for preexisting conditions for eligible surviving spouses and eligible surviving dependent children who are eligible for group benefits and are electing coverage later than 90 days after the death of the former Plan member.
Effective July 1, 2015.
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