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NO. 27. AN ACT RELATING TO CONTINUATION OF MEDICAL INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR STATE EMPLOYEE RETIREES.

(H.288)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 3 V.S.A. § 631(a)(2) is amended to read:

(2)(A) The term "employees" as used in this section shall include among others any class or classes of elected or appointed officials, but it shall not include members of the general assembly as such, nor shall it include any person rendering service on a retainer or fee basis, members of boards or commissions, or persons other than employees of the *[Vermont historical society,]* Vermont state *[employees]* employees’ credit union, Vermont state *[employees]* employees’ association, and the Vermont council on the arts *[and the Vermont state housing authority]*, whose compensation for service is not paid from the state treasury, nor shall it include any elected or appointed official unless *[he]* the official is actively engaged in and devoting substantially full time to the conduct of the business of his or her public office. For purposes of group life and group hospital-surgical-medical expense insurance, the term "employees" shall include employees as defined herein and employees who are retired and are receiving a retirement allowance from the Vermont employees’ retirement system or the Vermont state police and motor vehicle inspectors’ retirement system or the state teachers’ retirement system of Vermont and, for the purposes of group life insurance only, are retired on or after July 1, 1961, and have completed 20 creditable years of service with the state before their retirement dates and are insured for group life insurance on their retirement dates. For purposes of group hospital-surgical-medical expense insurance only, the term "employees" shall include employees as defined in this subdivision and employees who are receiving a retirement allowance based upon their employment with the Vermont state employees’ association, the Vermont state employees’ credit union, the Vermont council on the arts, as long as they are covered as active employees on their retirement date, and:

(i) they have at least 20 years of service with that employer; or (ii) have attained 62 years of age, and have at least 15 years service with that employer.

(B) The premiums for extending insurance coverage to employees shall be paid in full by the Vermont state employees’ association, the Vermont state employees’ credit union, the Vermont council on the arts, or their respective retirees. Nothing herein creates a legal obligation on the part of the state of Vermont to pay any portion of the premiums required to extend insurance coverage to this group of employees.

Approved: May 21, 2001