CHAPTER 178

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 358

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 52, TITLE 29, DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO HEALTH CARE INSURANCE.

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

Section 1. Amend §5202(a), Chapter 52, Title 29, Delaware Code by striking said subsection in its entirety and substituting a new subsection "(a)" to read as follows:

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

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

(2) One hundred percent of the cost of the basic subscriber and child contract or basic family contract for eligible officers and employees not eligible for federal Medicare."

Section 2. Amend §5202, Chapter 52, Title 29, Delaware Code by

redesignating current subsections "(b)" and "(c)" as new subsections "(c)" and "(d)" respectively.

Section 3. Amend §5202, Chapter 52, Title 29, Delaware Code by adding a new subsection "(b)" to read as follows:

"(b)

(1) For eligible pensioners who were first employed by the State on or before June 30, 1991 or who are receiving a disability pension, the State shall pay premium or subscription charges for the following, whichever is greater:

a.  The full cost of a basic individual contract of health care insurance coverage for eligible pensioners of the State not otherwise covered under a group health care insurance contract; or

b. One hundred percent of the cost of the basic subscriber and child contract or basic family contract for eligible pensioners not eligible for federal Medicare; or

c. For eligible pensioners entitled to services, rights, or benefits under the federal Medicare program, 100% of the cost of a contract(s), standard contract(s) or special contract(s) of health insurance coverage selected by such pensioner which coverage may include coverage for such pensioners' eligible dependents.

(2) For eligible pensioners who were first employed by the State on or after July 1, 1991 except those receiving a disability pension, the State shall pay premium and subscription charges as follows:

a. For eligible pensioners employed by the State for at least 10 but less than 15 years at the time of retirement, 50% of premium or subscription charges as set forth in subsection (b)(1) of this section; or

b. For eligible pensioners employed by the State for at least 15 but less than 20 years at the time of retirement, 75% of the premium or subscription charges as set forth in subsection (b)(1) of this section; or

c. For eligible pensioners employed by the State for 20 or more years at the time of retirement, 100% of the premium or subscription charges as set forth in subsection (b)(1) of this section."

Section 4. This Act shall be effective July 1, 1991.

Approved July 16, 1991.