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Introduced Version House Bill 2208 History

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H. B. 2208


(By Delegates Perry and Stalnaker)
[Introduced February 11, 2005; referred to the
Committee on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend and reenact §5-16-15 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to making available to retired participants in the public employees insurance system the optional dental, vision, and audiology and hearing-aid services insurance plans that are available to current public employee participants.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §5-16-15 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 16. WEST VIRGINIA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES INSURANCE ACT.
§5-16-15. Optional dental, optical, disability and prepaid retirement plan, and audiology and hearing-aid service plan.
On and after the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred eighty-nine, the director shall make available to participants in the public employees insurance system: (1) A dental insurance plan; (2) an optical insurance plan; (3) a disability insurance plan; (4) a prepaid retirement insurance plan; and (5) an audiology and hearing-aid services insurance plan. Public employees insurance participants may elect to participate in any one of these plans separately or in combination. Notwithstanding anything in this article to the contrary, all actuarial and administrative costs of each plan shall be totally borne by the premium payments of the participants or local governing bodies electing to participate in that plan. The director is authorized to employ such administrative practices and procedures with respect to these optional plans as are authorized for the administration of other plans under this article. The director shall establish separate funds: (1) For deposit of dental insurance premiums and payment of dental insurance claims; (2) for deposit of optical insurance premium payments and payment of optical insurance claims; (3) for deposit of disability insurance premium payments and payment of disability insurance claims; and (4) for deposit of audiology and hearing-aid service insurance premiums and payment of audiology and hearing-aid insurance claims. Such funds shall not be supplemented by nor be used to supplement any other funds. Notwithstanding any provision in this article to the contrary, the director shall make available to retired employee participants the optional dental, optical, and audiology and hearing-aid services insurance plans available to employee participants under the provisions of this section.




NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to make available to retired participants in PEIA the optional dental, vision, and audiology and hearing-aid services insurance plans that are available to current public employee participants.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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