H. B. 2219
(By Delegates Staggers, Ellington and Fleischauer)
[Introduced February 13, 2013; referred to the
Committee on Banking and Insurance then Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §5-16-23 of the Code of West Virginia,
1931, as amended, relating to providing that members of the
Legislature whose only income is their legislative
compensation are eligible for coverage under the West Virginia
Public Employees Insurance health coverage plan.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §5-16-23 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.
§5-16-23. Members of Legislature may be covered.
Notwithstanding the definition of the term "employee"
contained in section two of this article and notwithstanding any
other provision of this article to the contrary:
(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, members of the Legislature may participate in and be covered by any
insurance plan or plans authorized hereunder for state officers and
all members of the Legislature who elect to
participate in or to be covered by any such plan or plans pursuant
to this subsection shall pay their proportionate individual share
of the full cost for all group coverage on themselves and their
spouses and dependents, so that there will be no cost to the state
for the coverage of any such members, spouses and dependents;
(b) Members of the Legislature who receive no outside or
supplemental income besides legislative compensation shall be
eligible for coverage under the West Virginia Public Employees
Insurance health coverage plan and
pay the same employee share of
the cost for all group coverage for themselves and their spouses
and dependents as state officers and employees pay.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide that members of
the Legislature whose income is limited to legislative compensation
may participate in the Public Employees Insurance Agency insurance
program at the same rate as other state employees.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would