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Connecticut Laws | Title 5 State Employees
CHAPTER 67* STATE PERSONNEL ACT
Sec. 5-257. Group life insurance.

(e) In addition to any life insurance coverage available pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, optional group life insurance coverage up to a maximum of fifty thousand dollars may be purchased by any employee who is not included in any prevailing bargaining unit contract and whose yearly gross compensation is at least forty-five thousand five hundred dollars. The actual cost of such optional coverage shall be fully borne by the employee. The State Comptroller shall deduct the necessary amount from the employees' pay and shall pay the premiums on such policy or policies. Any dividends or other refunds or rate credits shall inure to the benefit of the state and shall be applied to the cost of such insurance. Such optional coverage shall not be included when calculating the amount of reduced life insurance coverage due retired employees pursuant to subsection (d) of this section. (921)

(f) Commencing November 1, 1989, as used in this section, "employee" includes an elected official in the executive branch. (922)

Sec. 5-257a. Continuation of group life insurance for certain teachers at E.O. Smith School. (923)(Text)

Notwithstanding the provisions of any general statute, charter or special act to the contrary, service by teachers who were employed by The University of Connecticut to teach at the E.O. Smith School on the date of the conveyance of the E.O. Smith School pursuant to section 2 of special act 84-42 and who are subsequently employed to teach at the E.O. Smith School on or before September 1, 1987, by the board of education for a regional school district consisting of the towns of Mansfield and Ashford shall be deemed to be state service for purposes of section 5-257. Eligibility for benefits pursuant to this section shall be treated in accordance with the provisions of said section 5-257. The state contribution for such benefits for such teachers shall continue in accordance with the provisions of said section 5-257. (924)

Sec. 5-258. Group Insurance Commission. (925)(Text)

Section 5-258 is repealed. (926)

Sec. 5-259. Hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan. Eligibility. Coverage for other groups under plan. Eligibility of general workers for leave. Municipal Employee Health Insurance Plan. Prescription drug purchasing by nonstate public employers. (927)(Text)

(a) The Comptroller, with the approval of the Attorney General and of the Insurance Commissioner, shall arrange and procure a group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan or plans for (1) state employees, (2) members of the General Assembly who elect coverage under such plan or plans, (3) participants in an alternate retirement program who meet the service requirements of section 5-162 or subsection (a) of section 5-166, (4) anyone receiving benefits under section 5-144 or from any state-sponsored retirement system, except the teachers' retirement system and the municipal employees retirement system, (5) judges of probate and Probate Court employees, (6) the surviving spouse, and any dependent children until they reach the age of eighteen, of a state police officer, a member of an organized local police department, a firefighter or a constable who performs criminal law enforcement duties who dies before, on or after June 26, 2003, as the result of injuries received while acting within the scope of such officer's or firefighter's or constable's employment and not as the result of illness or natural causes, and whose surviving spouse and dependent children are not otherwise eligible for a group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan, (7) employees of the Capital City Economic Development Authority established by section 32-601, and (8) the surviving spouse and dependent children of any employee of a municipality who dies on or after October 1, 2000, as the result of injuries received while acting within the scope of such employee's employment and not as the result of illness or natural causes, and whose surviving spouse and dependent children are not otherwise eligible for a group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan. For purposes of this subdivision, "employee" means any regular employee or elective officer receiving pay from a municipality, "municipality" means any town, city, borough, school district, taxing district, fire district, district department of health, probate district, housing authority, regional work force development board established under section 31-3k, flood commission or authority established by special act or regional planning agency. For purposes of subdivision (6) of this subsection, "firefighter" means any person who is regularly employed and paid by any municipality for the purpose of performing firefighting duties for a municipality on average of not less than thirty-five hours per week. The minimum benefits to be provided by such plan or plans shall be substantially equal in value to the benefits that each such employee or member of the General Assembly could secure in such plan or plans on an individual basis on the preceding first day of July. The state shall pay for each such employee and each member of the General Assembly covered by such plan or plans the portion of the premium charged for such member's or employee's individual coverage and seventy per cent of the additional cost of the form of coverage and such amount shall be credited to the total premiums owed by such employee or member of the General Assembly for the form of such member's or employee's coverage under such plan or plans. On and after January 1, 1989, the state shall pay for anyone receiving benefits from any such state-sponsored retirement system one hundred per cent of the portion of the premium charged for such member's or employee's individual coverage and one hundred per cent of any additional cost for the form of coverage. The balance of any premiums payable by an individual employee or by a member of the General Assembly for the form of coverage shall be deducted from the payroll by the State Comptroller. The total premiums payable shall be remitted by the Comptroller to the insurance company or companies or nonprofit organization or organizations providing the coverage. The amount of the state's contribution per employee for a health maintenance organization option shall be equal, in terms of dollars and cents, to the largest amount of the contribution per employee paid for any other option that is available to all eligible state employees included in the health benefits plan, but shall not be required to exceed the amount of the health maintenance organization premium. (928)

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