Florida Senate - 2010                                    SB 2498
       By Senator Altman
       24-01666B-10                                          20102498__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to state employee benefits; amending
    3         s. 110.123, F.S.; prohibiting separate benefit plans
    4         and different levels of state contributions for
    5         employees exempt from career service; providing an
    6         exception for State University System employees;
    7         amending s. 110.1239, F.S.; subjecting premium levels
    8         necessary for full funding of the state group health
    9         insurance program to certain requirements; providing
   10         an effective date.
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   14         Section 1. Paragraph (f) of subsection (3) and paragraph
   15  (c) of subsection (4) of section 110.123, Florida Statutes, are
   16  amended to read:
   17         110.123 State group insurance program.—
   19         (f) Except as provided for in subparagraph (h)2., the state
   20  contribution toward the cost of any plan in the state group
   21  insurance program shall be uniform with respect to all state
   22  employees in a state collective bargaining unit participating in
   23  the same coverage tier in the same plan. This section does not
   24  prohibit the development of Separate benefit plans for officers
   25  and employees exempt from the career service other than
   26  employees of the State University System or the development of
   27  separate benefit plans for each collective bargaining unit other
   28  than employees of the State University System may be developed,
   29  but must be consistent with the requirements of this paragraph.
   32         (c) During each policy or budget year, no state agency
   33  shall contribute a greater dollar amount of the premium cost for
   34  its officers or employees for any plan option under the state
   35  group insurance program than any other agency for similar
   36  officers and employees, nor shall any greater dollar amount of
   37  premium cost be made for employees in one state collective
   38  bargaining unit than for those in any other state collective
   39  bargaining unit. Nothing in this section prohibits the use of
   40  Different levels of state contributions for positions exempt
   41  from career service other than positions in the State University
   42  System may be used, but must be consistent with the requirements
   43  of this paragraph.
   44         Section 2. Subsection (2) of section 110.1239, Florida
   45  Statutes, is amended to read:
   46         110.1239 State group health insurance program funding.—It
   47  is the intent of the Legislature that the state group health
   48  insurance program be managed, administered, operated, and funded
   49  in such a manner as to maximize the protection of state employee
   50  health insurance benefits. Inherent in this intent is the
   51  recognition that the health insurance liabilities attributable
   52  to the benefits offered state employees should be fairly,
   53  orderly, and equitably funded. Accordingly:
   54         (2) The Governor, in the Governor’s recommended budget,
   55  shall provide premium rates necessary for full funding of the
   56  state group health insurance program, and the Legislature shall
   57  provide in the General Appropriations Act for a premium level
   58  necessary for full funding of the state group health insurance
   59  program consistent with the requirements of s. 110.123(3)(f) and
   60  (4)(c).
   61         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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