S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
April 8, 2011
Introduced by Sen. MARTINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Insurance
AN ACT prohibiting public employers from diminishing the health insur-
ance benefits and contributions of retired public employees in the New
York state and local employees' retirement system
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. On and after the effective date of this act, a public
employer shall be prohibited from diminishing the health insurance bene-
fits provided to public employee retirees and their dependents or the
contributions such employer makes for such health insurance coverage
below the level of such benefits or contributions made on behalf of such
retirees and their dependents by such employer unless a corresponding
diminution of benefits or contributions is effected from the level of
benefits or contributions provided to a corresponding group of active
employees for such retirees.
S 2. For purposes of this act, "public employee retirees and their
dependents" shall mean retired members and dependents of the New York
state and local employees' retirement system.
S 3. For purposes of this act, "public employer" shall mean the
following: (i) the state; (ii) a county, city, town or village; (iii)
any governmental entity operating a college or university; (iv) a public
improvement or special district; (v) a public authority, commission or
public benefit corporation; or (vi) any other public corporation, agen-
cy, instrumentality or unit of government which exercises governmental
power under the laws of this state.
S 4. Nothing contained in this act shall supersede or diminish the
terms of a collective bargaining agreement.
S 5. Nothing contained in this act shall require a public employer
which does not provide health insurance benefits to retirees and their
dependents as of the effective date of this act to offer such benefits.
S 6. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.