2015 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Conference Report)

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Review of Public Employee Health Plans (language only)

Item 82 #1c

Item 82 #1c

Administration of Health Insurance

Page 70, after line 3, insert:
"H.1 The Department of Human Resource Management shall conduct a comprehensive review of the public employee health programs in the Commonwealth.  The Department shall provide a report detailing the findings and recommendations to the chairmen of the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Finance Committee by October 31, 2015.
2. As part of the review, the Department shall conduct an actuarial review of the impact on the state, the school boards, and other political subdivisions, from including the employees, and their dependents, of local governments including local school divisions in the state employee health program or in one statewide pooled plan for employees of political subdivisions.
3. Local school boards and localities shall provide information to the Department as requested for the actuarial analysis.
4. The review shall also include an examination of the Local Choice program’s policies, including its pooling and rating methodology, to determine whether overall improvements may be made to the program, with a specific goal of trying to increase The Local Choice program’s appeal among rural school divisions and local governments. During this effort, the Department shall hold a series of meetings with stakeholders to educate them about The Local Choice program and solicit their feedback.
5. The Director of the Department of Planning and Budget is authorized to transfer up to $250,000 general fund from program 757 (agency 995, Central Appropriations) from unobligated balances from prior year appropriation to the Department of Human Resources Management as needed to fund the review and outreach efforts."

(This amendment is self-explanatory.)