CHAPTER 158

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 435

AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENTS NOS. 1, 2

AND SENATE AMENDMENT NO, 2

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 52, TITLE 29, OF THE DELAWARE CODE TO PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT OF PREMIUM OR SUBSCRIPTION CHARGES FOR HEALTH CARE INSURANCE FOR STATE EMPLOYEES AND THEIR DEPENDENTS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend §5201, Chapter 52, Title 29 of the Delaware Code by adding a new subsection thereto to read as follows:

"(c) An 'eligible child dependent' is one who is an unmarried child under the age of 21 years of a regular officer, employee, eligible pensioner or spouse of a regular officer, employee, or eligible pensioner, either by birth or adoption or who depends for support upon and resides with a regular officer, employee, eligible pensioner in a regular parent-child relationship; or such an unmarried child regardless of age who is incapable of self-support because of a mental or physical incapacity which existed before age 21."

Section 2. Amend §5206, Chapter 52, Title 29 of the Delaware Code by striking the words "Secretary of Finance" as the same appears in the catch line and in the first and last sentences of said section and substituting in lieu thereof in each instance the words "State Treasurer".

Section 3. Amend Chapter 52, Title 29 of the Delaware Code by striking Section 5202 (a) in its entirety and adding in lieu thereof the following:

"(a) The State shall pay premium or subscription charges for the following, whichever is greater:

(i) The full cost of a basic individual contract of health care insurance coverage for all regular officers, employees and eligible pensioners of the State not otherwise covered under a group health care insurance contract, or

(ii) 75% of the cost of the Basic Subscriber and Child contract or Basic Family Contract for eligible regular officers, employees and pensioners not eligible for Federal Medicare."

Section 4. Amend Chapter 52, Title 29 of the Delaware Code by adding subsection 5202 (d), as follows:

"(d) Agencies or other units of the State providing a contribution on April 1, 1979, by contract, agreement or otherwise, toward the cost of health care coverage of regular officers, employees and eligible pensioners, their spouses, dependent children or families, shall continue to make such contributions after said date, unless relieved of such responsibility by an Act of the General Assembly."

Section 5. This Act shall become effective January 1, 1980.

Approved July 12, 1979.