WVC 5 - 16 - 15
§5-16-15. Optional dental, optical, disability and prepaid
retirement plan and audiology and hearing-aid
(a) 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. 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.
(b) The Finance Board shall study the feasibility of an oral
health benefit for children of participants.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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