00RS SB288


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SB 288/FN/LM/AA (BR 814) - M. Long

     AN ACT relating to state group health insurance, and declaring an emergency.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 18A to establish the Kentucky Group Health Insurance Board to study several issues related to employee health insurance and to set policy on the state employee health insurance program; amend KRS 18A.225 to require the Personnel Cabinet to develop data collection and analysis capabilities in order to assess enrollment, claims, and utilization data for the state group and to require insurers to submit specific data; amend various sections of KRS Chapters 161 and 79 to stipulate conditions under which groups may leave the state group; amend KRS 18A.227 to change the definition of "employee," require 100 hours of work or paid leave to qualify for health care or flexible spending benefits, and prohibit retiree or spouse from health care contribution when employed by the state; amend KRS 18A.355 to specify employee as one covered by classified or unclassified service; appropriate $250,000 each year of the biennium to fund the board; EMERGENCY.


     SCA (1, R. Sanders Jr) - Delete the provision for the board to be headed by an executive director and the appropriation.
     SCA (2/Title, R. Sanders Jr) - Make title amendment.
     HCS/AA - Retain original provisions; delete provision requiring an employee to work at least 100 hours to qualify for the state contribution; require Personnel Cabinet to report to the General Assembly on the financial stability of the program; require that any funds remaining in flexible spending accounts after all reimbursements have been processed shall be transferred to the state health insurance plan's appropriation account.
     HFA (1/P, J. Jenkins) - Attach the provisions of HB 598.
     HFA (2, R. Adkins) - Provide that interruption of an established treatment regime with maintenance drugs shall be grounds to appeal a formulary change.
     HFA (3, R. Damron) - Require health insurance coverage for state employees to contain at a minimum the same benefits provided under Kentucky Kare as of January 1, 1994; require the appointment of two members to the Advisory Committee of State Health Insurance Subscribers from a list of five names submitted by each state employee organization that has 2000 or more members on state payroll deduction.

     Feb 17-introduced in Senate
     Feb 22-to Appropriations and Revenue (S)
     Mar 2-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with committee amendments (1) and (2-title)
     Mar 3-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 6-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, March 7, 2000
     Mar 7-3rd reading, passed 36-0 with committee amendments (1) and (2-title)
     Mar 8-received in House
     Mar 9-to Appropriations and Revenue (H)
     Mar 17-posted in committee; floor amendment (1) filed
     Mar 23-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute ; floor amendments (2) and (3) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 24-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Monday, March 27, 2000
     Mar 27-3rd reading, passed 97-0 with Committee Substitute, floor amendments (2) and (3)
     Mar 28-received in Senate
     Mar 29-posted for passage for concurrence in House Committee Substitute, floor amendments (2) and (3) ; taken from the Regular Orders of the Day, placed in the Consent Orders of the Day; Senate concurred in House Committee Substitute, floor amendments (2) and (3) ; passed 37-0
     Apr 11-enrolled, signed by each presiding officer, delivered to Governor
     Apr 21-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 438)

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