H. B. 2809
(By Delegates Hatfield, Perdue, Tucker,
Caputo, Boggs and Duke)
[Introduced March 1, 2005; referred to the
Committee on Health and Human Resources then Government
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §5A-3-56a, relating
to purchasing; and prohibiting certain public works contracts
unless the vendor can demonstrate that it offers health
insurance coverage to its employees and pays at least
seventy-five percent of the cost therefor.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated §5A-3-56a, to read as
ARTICLE 3. PURCHASING DIVISION.
§5A-3-56a. Requirement for public works contracts.
Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, no
vendor may bid on or be awarded a public works contract with the
state or any of its political subdivisions in a total amount of
twenty-five thousand dollars or more unless the vendor establishes
to the director's satisfaction that the vendor offers its employees
a policy of health care insurance that is at least equivalent to
the benefits and coverage provided under the insurance plan
established in section sixteen, article sixteen-d, chapter
thirty-three of this code and the vendor demonstrates that it pays
at least seventy-five percent of the cost of such coverage.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to prohibit public contracts
with vendors unless they can demonstrate that they offer health
care insurance to their employees and pay at least 75% of the cost
of such insurance coverage.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.