(a) This section applies to a person who:
(1) was employed by the commissioner of the Department of Corrections at a state institution under control of the commissioner, and in that employment was a member of the general plan of the Minnesota State Retirement System;
(2) was assaulted by an inmate at a state institution under control of the commissioner of the Department of Corrections; and
(3) was determined to be totally and permanently disabled under laws governing the Minnesota State Retirement System.
(b) For a person to whom this section applies, the commissioner of the Department of Corrections must continue to make the employer contribution for hospital, medical, and dental benefits under the State Employee Group Insurance Program after the person terminates state service. If the person had dependent coverage at the time of terminating state service, employer contributions for dependent coverage also must continue under this section. The employer contributions must be in the amount of the employer contribution for active state employees at the time each payment is made. The employer contributions must continue until the person reaches age 65, provided the person makes the required employee contributions, in the amount required of an active state employee, at the time and in the manner specified by the commissioner.