as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 01:56am
|Introduction||Posted on 03/19/2009|
A bill for an act
relating to state government; allowing all public employees to buy into the state
long-term care insurance program; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section
43A.318, subdivision 2.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 43A.318, subdivision 2, is amended to
(a) The commissioner may
administer a program to make long-term care coverage available to eligible persons. The
commissioner may determine the program's funding arrangements, request bids from
qualified vendors, and negotiate and enter into contracts with qualified vendors. Contracts
are not subject to the requirements of section 16C.16 or 16C.19. Contracts must be for a
uniform term of at least one year, but may be made automatically renewable from term
to term in the absence of notice of termination by either party. The program may not be
self-insured until the commissioner has completed an actuarial study of the program and
reported the results of the study to the legislature and self-insurance has been specifically
authorized by law.
(b) The program may provide coverage for home, community, and institutional
long-term care and any other benefits as determined by the commissioner. Coverage is
optional. The enrolled eligible person must pay the full cost of the coverage.
(c) The commissioner shall promote activities that attempt to raise awareness of
the need for long-term care insurance among residents of the state and encourage the
increased prevalence of long-term care coverage. These activities must include the sharing
of knowledge gained in the development of the program.
(d) The commissioner may employ and contract with persons and other entities to
perform the duties under this section and may determine their duties and compensation
consistent with this chapter.
(e) The benefits provided under this section are not terms and conditions of
employment as defined under section 179A.03, subdivision 19, and are not subject to
(f) The commissioner shall establish underwriting criteria for entry of all eligible
persons into the program. Eligible persons who would be immediately eligible for benefits
may not enroll.
(g) Eligible persons who meet underwriting criteria may enroll in the program upon
hiring and at other times established by the commissioner.
(h) An eligible person enrolled in the program may continue to participate in the
program even if an event, such as termination of employment, changes the person's
(i) Participating public employee pension plans and public employers may provide
automatic pension or payroll deduction for payment of long-term care insurance premiums
to qualified vendors contracted with under this section.
(j) The premium charged to program enrollees must include an administrative fee to
cover all program expenses incurred in addition to the cost of coverage. All fees collected
are appropriated to the commissioner for the purpose of administrating the program.
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