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HB 929

1
A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to local government officers and
3employees; amending s. 110.1228, F.S.; expanding
4eligibility for participation in the state group health
5insurance program and the prescription drug coverage
6program to include all counties, municipalities, special
7taxing districts, and district school boards rather than
8only small counties and municipalities and certain school
9boards; specifying prerequisites and conditions for
10participation; providing a minimum period of enrollment;
11requiring that a participating county, municipality,
12special taxing district, or school board reimburse the
13Department of Management Services for its costs, including
14administrative costs; prohibiting a county, municipality,
15special taxing district, or school board from
16participating in the state's cafeteria plan that allows
17for pretax treatment of premium contributions; authorizing
18the Department of Management Services to adopt rules;
19providing an effective date.
20
21Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
22
23     Section 1.  Section 110.1228, Florida Statutes, is amended
24to read:
25     110.1228  Participation by small counties, small
26municipalities, special taxing districts, and district school
27boards located in small counties.-
28     (1)  As used in this section, the term:
29     (a)  "district school board" has the same meaning as in s.
301003.01 means a district school board located in a small county
31or a district school board that receives funding pursuant to s.
321011.62(7).
33     (b)  "Small municipality" means an incorporated
34municipality that has a population of 12,500 or fewer according
35to the most recent decennial census.
36     (c)  "Small county" means a county that has a population of
37100,000 or fewer according to the most recent decennial census.
38     (2)  The governing body of a small county, or small
39municipality, special taxing district, or a district school
40board may apply for participation in the state group health
41insurance program authorized in s. 110.123 and the prescription
42drug coverage program authorized by s. 110.12315 by submitting
43an application along with a $500 nonrefundable fee to the
44department.
45     (3)  Any costs or savings to the state group health
46insurance program or the prescription drug coverage program
47resulting from such participation shall be passed on to the
48local government participants and their employees. Such costs or
49savings shall be delineated based on the impact to the state,
50state officers and employees, and local government employers and
51their employees.
52     (4)  As a prerequisite to the adoption of an ordinance or
53resolution for participation in the state group health insurance
54program and prescription drug coverage program, a small county,
55small municipality, special taxing district, or district school
56board shall issue a request for proposals to provide health
57insurance and prescription drug coverage. Such request for
58proposals shall seek coverages equivalent to those offered
59currently by the small county, small municipality, special
60taxing district, or district school board and coverages
61equivalent to the state group health insurance program and
62prescription drug coverage program. Such request for proposals
63must provide an opportunity for the receipt of competitive
64proposals from all interested parties without restriction. The
65small county, small municipality, special taxing district, and
66district school board shall review and consider all responsive
67proposals before prior to the adoption of any ordinance or
68resolution for participation in the state group health insurance
69program and prescription drug coverage program.
70     (5)  If the department determines that a small county,
71small municipality, special taxing district, or district school
72board is eligible to enroll, the small county, small
73municipality, special taxing district, or district school board
74must agree to the following terms and conditions:
75     (a)  The minimum enrollment or contractual period will be 3
76years.
77     (b)  The small county, small municipality, special taxing
78district, or district school board must pay to the department an
79initial administrative fee of not less than $2.61 per enrollee
80per month, or such other amount established annually to fully
81reimburse the department for its costs.
82     (c)  Termination of participation of a small county, small
83municipality, special taxing district, or district school board
84requires written notice 1 year before the termination date.
85     (d)  If participation is terminated, a small county, small
86municipality, special taxing district, or district school board
87may not reapply for participation for a period of 2 years.
88     (e)  Small Counties, small municipalities, special taxing
89districts, and district school boards shall reimburse the state
90for 100 percent of its costs, including administrative costs.
91     (f)  If a small county, small municipality, special taxing
92district, or district school board employer fails to make the
93payments required by this section to fully reimburse the state,
94the Department of Revenue or the Department of Financial
95Services shall, upon the request of the Department of Management
96Services, deduct the amount owed by the employer from any funds
97not pledged to bond debt service satisfaction which that are to
98be distributed by it to the small county, small municipality,
99special taxing district, or district school board. The amounts
100so deducted shall be transferred to the Department of Management
101Services for further distribution to the trust funds in
102accordance with this chapter.
103     (g)  The small county, small municipality, special taxing
104district, or district school board shall furnish the department
105any information requested by the department which the department
106considers necessary to administer the state group health
107insurance program and the prescription drug coverage program.
108     (h)  The small county, small municipality, special taxing
109district, or district school board shall adopt the state's
110eligibility rules.
111     (i)  The small county, small municipality, special taxing
112district, or district school board may not participate in the
113state's cafeteria plan that allows for pretax treatment of
114premium contributions. If pretax treatment is desirable for
115employees of these participating employers, each employee of a
116participating employer shall execute a salary reduction
117agreement with that employer, and each participating employer
118shall establish its own cafeteria plan.
119     (j)  The small county, small municipality, special taxing
120district, or district school board shall pay monthly premiums in
121amounts sufficient to cover claims costs, department
122administrative costs, and third-party administrative costs and
123provide for adequate reserves and cash flow by contributing 3
124months' premiums and costs in advance of the coverage effective
125date.
126     (6)  The provisions of ss. 624.436-624.446 do not apply to
127the State Group Insurance Program or to this section.
128     (7)  The Department of Management Services may adopt rules
129necessary to administer this section.
130     Section 2.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.


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