senate Bill S3150

Provides that the domestic partner of a deceased member of the police department and fire department in the city of New York shall be entitled to health insurance

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 30 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CITIES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CITIES

Summary

Provides that when a retired member of the fire or police department in the city of New York dies and is enrolled in a health insurance plan, the surviving spouse or eligible domestic partner, until he or she dies, shall be afforded the right to such health insurance coverage; such plans include premerger retirees who were police officers employed by the New York city housing authority or the New York city transit authority.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3150
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Cities
Law Section:
New York City Administrative Code
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง12-126, NYC Ad Cd
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S913
2009-2010: S4611

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3150

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of
New York, in relation to health insurance coverage for surviving domes-
tic partners of members of the police department and the fire department
who are enrolled in a health insurance plan

PURPOSE: To allow the spouses of deceased retired New York city police
officers to continue their health insurance coverage.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would provide that the surviving
spouse or eligible domestic partner of a retired member of the New York
city police Department will be permitted to continue to be covered by
health insurance. This bill would include the surviving spouse of a
police officer who retired from the New York city Housing and Transit
Authorities prior to the merger of those police departments with the New
York City police Department.

EFFECTS: Eligibility for health insurance ceases upon the death of the
retiree and the surviving spouse or eligible domestic partner is not
entitled to further coverage. This bill provides for that additional
coverage.

JUSTIFICATION: The loss of medical insurance to retired individuals is
one of the most devastating occurrences, leaving those people in some-
times desperate straits. This bill allows the surviving spouses of
deceased New York City police officers to retain such coverage.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3150

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 30, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities

AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the  city  of  New  York,  in
  relation  to health insurance coverage for surviving domestic partners
  of members of the police department and the fire  department  who  are
  enrolled in a health insurance plan

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1.  Subparagraphs (ii) and (iii) of paragraph 2 of subdivision
b of section 12-126 of the administrative code of the city of New  York,
as  amended  by  chapter 430 of the laws of 2010, are amended to read as
follows:
  (ii) Where a retired  member  of  the  fire  department  dies  and  is
enrolled  in  a  health insurance plan, the surviving spouse OR ELIGIBLE
DOMESTIC PARTNER shall be afforded the right to  such  health  insurance
coverage  and  health  insurance  coverage  which  is  predicated on the
insured's enrollment in the hospital and medical program  for  the  aged
and  disabled  under the social security act as is provided for retirees
and their dependents as set forth in subparagraph (i) of this paragraph,
provided such surviving spouse OR ELIGIBLE  DOMESTIC  PARTNER  pays  one
hundred  two  percent  of  the  group  rate  for such coverage, with two
percent intended to cover administrative costs incurred,  provided  such
spouse  OR PARTNER elects such health insurance coverage within one year
of the death of his or her spouse OR PARTNER.    For  purposes  of  this
subparagraph,  "retired  member  of  the  fire department" shall include
persons who, immediately prior to retirement, were employed by the  fire
department  of the city of New York in a title whose duties are those of
an emergency medical technician or advanced emergency medical technician
(as those terms are defined in section three thousand one of the  public
health  law), or whose duties required the direct supervision of employ-
ees whose duties  are  those  of  an  emergency  medical  technician  or

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08444-01-3

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advanced  emergency  medical  technician  (as those terms are defined in
section three thousand one of the public health law).
  (iii)  Where  a  retired  member  of  the police department, including
premerger retirees who were police officers employed  by  the  New  York
city  housing authority or the New York city transit authority, dies and
is enrolled in a health insurance plan, the surviving spouse OR ELIGIBLE
DOMESTIC PARTNER shall be afforded the right to  such  health  insurance
coverage  and  health  insurance  coverage  which  is  predicated on the
insured's enrollment in the hospital and medical program  for  the  aged
and  disabled  under the social security act as is provided for retirees
and their dependents as set forth in subparagraph (i) of this paragraph,
provided such surviving spouse OR ELIGIBLE  DOMESTIC  PARTNER  pays  one
hundred  two  percent  of  the  group  rate  for such coverage, with two
percent intended to cover administrative costs incurred,  provided  such
spouse  OR PARTNER elects such health insurance coverage within one year
of the death of his or her spouse OR PARTNER.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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