Bill S5381-2013

Prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits of certain public employee retirees

Prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits of public employee retirees and their dependents or reducing the employer's contributions for such insurance; defines employers to include the state, municipalities, school districts, and public authorities and commissions.

Details

Actions

  • May 28, 2014: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • May 16, 2013: REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS

Meetings

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Civil Service and Pensions - May 28, 2014
Ayes (9): Golden, Hannon, Lanza, Ritchie, Savino, Sanders, Addabbo, Dilan, Perkins
Ayes W/R (2): Martins, Maziarz

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5381

TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to affecting the health insurance benefits and contributions of certain retired public employees

PURPOSE:

This bill would ensure that the health insurance coverage for certain retired firefighters, police officers, and their dependents are maintained.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one provides that the level of health insurance benefits, and the employer contributions made toward such health insurance, for certain retired firefighters, police officers, and their dependents shall not be diminished below the benefits. and contributions in place as of May 1, 2008.

Section two provides that a collective bargaining agreement may grant a higher level of protection.

Section three is the effective date.

EXISTING LAW:

No current law protects the health insurance benefits of retired firefighters and police officers.

JUSTIFICATION:

Our firefighters and police officers are acknowledged as true heroes who place themselves in danger to protect their fellow citizens. Part of society's obligation to our firefighters and police officers should be to assure them of adequate health insurance, both during their working years and into retirement. Although some other retirees, such as retirees from school districts and BOCES, are afforded health insurance protection by statute (see Chapter 729, Laws of 1994, as amended), there is no statutory protection for firefighters and police officers. This bill would correct that omission.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

No new costs to state government. This legislation simply continues the benefits and employer contributions being made as of May 1, 2008.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5381 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions AN ACT in relation to affecting the health insurance benefits and contributions of certain retired public employees 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 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 as of the effective date of this act. For the purpose of this act, (1) "public employer" shall mean the following: (i) the state; (ii) a county, city, town or village; (iii) a school district, board of cooperative educational services, vocational educa- tion and extension board or a school district as enumerated in section 1 of chapter 566 of the laws of 1967, as amended; (iv) any governmental entity operating a college or university; (v) a public improvement or special district including police or fire districts; (vi) a public authority, commission or public benefit corporation; or (vii) any other public corporation, agency, instrumentality or unit of government which exercises governmental power under the laws of this state; and (2) "retiree" shall mean a retiree of the New York state and local police and fire retirement system or the New York state and local employees' retirement system who retires from police service or fire service that qualifies under subdivision 11 of section 302 of the retirement and social security law or a retiree of the New York city fire department pension fund who was represented by the collective bargaining unit of Local 854, I.A.F.F. S 2. Nothing contained in this act shall supersede or diminish the terms of a collective bargaining agreement. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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