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Laws of Minnesota 1991 CHAPTER 128-H.F.No. 1039 An act relating to public employees; authorizing rulemaking; regulating insurance benefits; amending Minnesota Statutes 1990, sections 15.46; 43A.04, by adding a subdivision; 43A.13, by adding a subdivision; and 43A.316, subdivision 8. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 15.46, is amended to read: 15.46 [PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICES FOR STATE EMPLOYEES.] The commissioner of the department of employee relations may establish and operate a program of preventive health services for state employees
,and shall provide suchthe staff, equipment, and facilities as arenecessary thereforto do so. The commissioner shall develop these services in accordance with the accepted practices of and standards for occupational preventive health services in the state of Minnesota. Specific services shallmust be directed to the work environment and to the health of the employee in relation to the job. The commissioner shall cooperate with the department of health as well as other private and public community agencies providing health, safety, employment, and welfare services. A county may establish and operate a program of preventive health and employee recognition services for county employees and may provide necessary staff, equipment, and facilities and may expend funds necessary to achieve the objectives of the program. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 43A.04, is amended by adding a subdivision to read: Subd. 10. [EQUITABLE COMPENSATION COMPLIANCE.] The commissioner may adopt rules under the administrative procedure act to assure compliance with sections 471.991 to 471.999. Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 43A.13, is amended by adding a subdivision to read: Subd. 9. [DISABLED FORMER EMPLOYEES.] A former classified employee who is receiving disability benefits under a state retirement plan remains eligible for reemployment. Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 43A.316, subdivision 8, is amended to read: Subd. 8. [CONTINUATION OF COVERAGE.] (a) A former employee who is 55 years old or older and is receiving a public pension disability benefit or an annuity or is 55 years old or older and has met the age and service requirements necessary to receive an annuity under chapter 353, 353C, 354, 354A, 356, 422A, 423, 423A, or 424 is eligible to participate in the plan , except that. A former employee who is over age65 years old or older and is not eligible forenrolled in Medicare coverageis not eligible to participate in the plan. This participation is at the person's expense unless a collective bargaining agreement or personnel policy provides otherwise. Premiums for these participants must be established by the commissioner. The commissioner shall establish sets of health insurance premiums for the followingvarious classes including but not limited to: (1) all participantsformer employees eligible under this paragraph who are under age 65; and(2) all participantsformer employees eligible under this paragraph who are over age65 years old or older and are receivingenrolled in Medicare coverage.; and (3) all former employees eligible under this paragraph whose group participates in the plan. The commissioner may provide policy exclusions for preexisting conditions only when there is a break in coverage between a participant's coverage under a group insurance plan as an employee and the participant's coverage under this section. An employer shall notify an employee of the option to participate under this paragraph no later than the effective date of retirement. The retired employee or the employer of a participating group on behalf of a current or retired employee shall notify the commissioner within 30 days of the effective date of retirement of intent to exercise this optionparticipate in the plan according to the rules established by the commissioner. (b) The spouse of a deceased, active, or former employee may purchase the benefits provided at premiums established by the commissioner if the spouse was a dependent under the active or former employee's coverage under this section at the time of the death. Coverage under this clause must be coordinated with relevant insurance benefits provided through the federally sponsored Medicare program. (c) The plan benefits must continue in the event of strike permitted by section 179A.18, if the exclusive representative chooses to have coverage continue and the employee pays the total monthly premiums when due. (d) A person who desires to participate under paragraphs (a) to (c) shall notify the commissioner of intent to participate according to rules established by the commissioner. The eligible employer shall notify the commissioner and coverage begins as soon as the commissioner permits. (e)A participant who discontinues coverage may not reenroll. Persons participating under these paragraphs shall make appropriate premium payments in the time and manner established by the commissioner. Sec. 5. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] Section 2 is effective the day following final enactment. Presented to the governor May 17, 1991 Signed by the governor May 21, 1991, 1:21 p.m.