CHAPTER 372

FORMERLY

SENATE SUBSTITUTE NO 1

FOR

SENATE BILL NO. 314

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO HEALTH CARE INSURANCE.

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

Section 1. Amend Title 29, Section 5209 of the Delaware Code by adding the following subsections:

"(e) Any County or Municipality may elect to participate in the health care insurance plans provided by the provisions of this chapter for any of the following;

(1) regularly scheduled full-time employees;

(2) anyone receiving or who is eligible to receive retirement benefits in accordance with the Delaware County and Municipal Police/Firefighter Pension Plan under Chapter 88 of Title 11 or the County and Municipal Pension Plan under Chapter 55A of this Title.

The full cost of such coverage shall be remitted to the State by the County or Municipality no later than the 1st day of each calendar month for which coverage is being provided. The benefits provided to such employees and the cost of coverage shall be the same as provided to the state employees covered by this chapter. Any employee participating the State Group Health Insurance Program through this subsection shall be governed by all provisions, rules and regulations of this chapter and the Group Health Insurance Committee. For the purposes of this subsection, a 'full-time employee' is an employee who works at least 30 hours or more per week or 130 hours per month (with allowable interruptions). Retirees receiving benefits may authorize the State Pension Office to deduct their share of cost from their monthly pension,"

(f) Anyone receiving retirement benefits in accordance with the Delaware and Municipal Police/Firefighter Pension Plan under Chapter 88 of Title 11 or the County and Municipal Pension Plan under Chapter 55A of this Title, may elect to participate in the health insurance plans provided by the State Group Health Insurance Program. The retiree shall authorize the State Pension Office to deduct the full cost of coverage from the retiree's monthly pension.

Approved July 7, 1998.