ELIMINATE RETIRED LEGISLATOR HEALTH CARE H.B. 4087 (S-2):
SUMMARY AS PASSED BY THE SENATE
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House Bill 4087 (Substitute S-2 as passed by the Senate)
Sponsor: Representative Joel Johnson
House Committee: Oversight, Reform, and Ethics
Senate Committee: Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing
Date Completed: 10-7-11
House Bill 4087 (S-2) would amend the Legislative Retirement System Act to eliminate retiree health care benefits for legislators who have not completed at least six years of legislator service before January 1, 2013. Currently, the Act requires the State to contribute 90% of the retiree health insurance premium payments for legislators elected after March 31, 1997, who qualify for retirement with benefits. A legislator must have served at least six years, and must be at least age 55, in order to begin receiving health care provided by the State's plan. The bill would eliminate these health care benefits for legislators who have not served at least six years before January 1, 2013.
The fiscal impact on the State would be long-term health care savings due to the elimination of subsidies. For any legislator or Lieutenant Governor who had not completed six years of service before January 1, 2013, the State would save the entire cost of that person's retirement health care subsidy. At the present time, the average yearly single-person health coverage under the Legislative Retirement System is roughly $8,000, with the State subsidy totaling $7,200. For a two-person plan, the average yearly cost is $15,400, with the State subsidy totaling almost $14,000. These costs, which totaled roughly $5.3 million in fiscal year 2009-10, would be reduced over time, and eventually eliminated entirely, as the number of members in the closed system declined and no new members were added.
Fiscal Analyst: Kathryn Summers
Analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent. hb4087/1112