SB18-131 - State Employees Group Benefits Act Modifications

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning modifications to the "State Employees Group Benefits Act".

Statutory Revision Committee. The 'State Employees Group Benefits Act' (act) authorizes the state personnel director (director) to enter into contracts with carriers to provide medical, dental, life, and disability benefits to state employees. The bill modifies several provisions of the act to bring it into compliance with current state and federal law and to eliminate obsolete provisions. Specifically, the bill:


  • To bring the act into compliance with federal law, changes the definition of 'dependent' to include a child through the end of the month in which the child turns 26, eliminates the requirement that a child be a full-time student to be a dependent past the age of 19, eliminates the requirement that a child be unmarried to be a dependent, and eliminates the requirement that the employee be the major source of financial support or directed by a court to provide coverage for a child to be a dependent;
  • Removes an employee's domestic partner from the definition of 'dependent' as the director has repealed rules allowing a person to submit documentation demonstrating a domestic partnership with an employee;
  • Removes a reference to lifetime maximum benefit per employee or employee's covered dependents to bring the act into compliance with federal law;
  • Eliminates a provision requiring the director to give written notice of intent to seek a contract with insurance carriers, and authorizes the director to make such announcement in a manner that he or she determines;
  • Eliminates an obsolete provision that required the director to evaluate the feasibility of offering a high deductible health plan and to forward the findings of the evaluation to the general assembly by October 1, 2004;
  • Eliminates an obsolete provision that specified the amount of the state's contribution for each employee enrolled in group benefit plans for the 2003 calendar year; and
  • Eliminates a requirement that the director hold a public hearing prior to the acceptance of any proposal for a group benefit plan, as this requirement is not in compliance with the 'Procurement Code'.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: April 2, 2018
04/02/2018 - Governor Signed
03/26/2018 - Sent to the Governor
03/26/2018 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
03/23/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate
03/19/2018 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/16/2018 - House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
03/13/2018 - House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
02/15/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
02/14/2018 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/13/2018 - Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
02/08/2018 - Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
01/29/2018 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services