senate Bill S3465

Relates to membership of volunteer fire and volunteer ambulance members in group or blanket accident and health insurance policies

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 04 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO INSURANCE
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1435
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO INSURANCE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO INSURANCE

Summary

Relates to membership of volunteer fire and volunteer ambulance members in group or blanket accident and health insurance policies; provides that such members must be added to a contract to provide health insurance if the public corporation elects to provide such insurance notwithstanding the fact that such members may not meet the definition of "employee".

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6956
Versions:
S3465
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Insurance
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3221, Ins L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S5092, A8169, S5092
2009-2010: A6005A

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BILL NUMBER:S3465

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to
membership in group or blanket accident and health insurance policies

PURPOSE: To require providers of health insurance services to provide
health insurance to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers whose
public corporation has elected to extend such coverage to them pursuant
to section 92-a of the general municipal law.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends section 3221 of the insurance law to
require providers of health insurance services to add members of volun-
teer fire and ambulance companies to be added to contracts to provide
health insurance if a public corporation elects to provide such insur-
ance to such members pursuant to section 92-a of the general municipal
law, notwithstanding the fact that such members may not meet the defi-
nition of an "employee that may be contained in a contract of insurance
between such public corporation and a provider of health insurance
services.

JUSTIFICATION: Chapters 331 of the laws of 2008 and Chapter 71 of the
Laws of 2009 allowed municipal corporations to allow volunteer fire-
fighters and ambulance workers to participate in their health insurance
programs, provided that the volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers
paid the total cost of participating in these plans. Since then, several
HMOs and insurance companies have refused to extend this coverage to
volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers on the grounds that they
are not employees of the participating public corporations. This bill
corrects this defect in the law.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.5092 of 2011-12

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately

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

                                  3465

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 4, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to membership in group or
  blanket accident and health insurance policies

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

  Section 1. Paragraph 3 of subsection (a) of section 3221 of the insur-
ance law is amended to read as follows:
  (3)  That all new employees or new members in the classes eligible for
insurance must be added to such  class  for  which  they  are  eligible.
ACTIVE  MEMBERS OF VOLUNTEER FIRE AND VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE COMPANIES MUST
BE ADDED TO A CONTRACT OR CONTRACTS TO PROVIDE  HEALTH  INSURANCE  IF  A
PUBLIC  CORPORATION  ELECTS  TO PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE TO SUCH MEMBERS
PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION SEVEN OF SECTION  NINETY-TWO-A  OF  THE  GENERAL
MUNICIPAL  LAW,  NOTWITHSTANDING THE FACT THAT SUCH MEMBERS MAY NOT MEET
THE DEFINITION OF AN "EMPLOYEE" THAT MAY BE CONTAINED IN A  CONTRACT  OF
INSURANCE  BETWEEN  SUCH  PUBLIC  CORPORATION  AND  A PROVIDER OF HEALTH
INSURANCE SERVICES.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06618-01-3

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