2021 Code of Alabama
Title 36 - Public Officers and Employees.
Chapter 29 - State Employees' Health Insurance Plan.
Article 1 - General Provisions.
Section 36-29-14 - Health Insurance Coverage Under State Employees' Insurance Board; Operation of Board.
Health insurance coverage under State Employees' Insurance Board; operation of board.
(a) Any agency of the state, or any governmental entity, body, or subdivision thereto, any county, any municipality, any municipal foundation, any fire or water district, authority, or cooperative, any regional planning and development commission established pursuant to Sections 11-85-50 through 11-85-73, that is not and was not for the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application to participate in any plan created pursuant to the provisions of this article a member of an existing government sponsored health insurance program, formed under the provisions of Section 11-26-2, the Association of County Commissions of Alabama or the Alabama League of Municipalities, the Alabama Retired State Employees' Association, the Alabama State Employees Credit Union, Easter Seals Alabama, Alabama State University, the Alabama Rural Water Association, Rainbow Omega, Incorporated, The Arc of Alabama, Incorporated, and any of the affiliated local chapters of The Arc of Alabama, Incorporated, United Ways of Alabama and its member United Ways, the Alabama Network of Children's Advocacy Centers and its member Children's Advocacy Centers, any railroad authority organized pursuant to Chapter 13, Title 37, or any solid waste disposal authority organized pursuant to Chapter 89A, Title 11, by resolution legally adopted to conform to rules prescribed by the State Employees' Insurance Board, may elect to have its officers, members, employees, and retired employees become eligible for health insurance coverage under the State Employees' Insurance Board without any liability to the state or the State Employees' Health Insurance Plan.
(b) Acceptance of the employees identified in subsection (a) shall be optional with the State Employees' Insurance Board.
(c) Employees, officers, members, and retirees who are eligible for health insurance pursuant to this section shall be entitled to coverage and benefits as designated by the State Employees' Insurance Board.
(d) Any portion of the cost of the insurance coverage as determined by the State Employees' Insurance Board for the employees, officers, members, and retirees and their dependents pursuant to this section may be paid by the employer.
(e) The chief fiscal officer of each employer shall remit to the State Employees' Insurance Board the amount of premiums required for employee and dependent coverage under this section. The employer shall furnish the necessary information to the State Employees' Insurance Board.
(f) The agreement of any employer to have its employees, officers, members, and retirees to be covered under the health insurance plan provided by the State Employees' Insurance Board may be revoked only by complying with the following provisions:
The employer, by resolution of the governing body, shall signify its intention and desire to withdraw from such plan in writing and by delivering a copy of such resolution by certified mail to the State Employees' Insurance Board no later than six months prior to the effective date of withdrawal. Any employer that withdraws from participation in such plan shall be responsible for paying its claims incurred prior to the date of withdrawal, but not reported and paid prior to the date of withdrawal. The withdrawing employer shall also be liable for interest which will accrue at a rate of one and one-half percent per month on any monies due to the State Employees' Insurance Board which are over 30 days past due. Any organization which provides or administers health insurance benefits through the Local Government Health Insurance Program shall not provide or administer health insurance benefits to any entity which withdraws from the Local Government Health Insurance Program for a period of two years from the effective date of withdrawal.
(g) The State Employees' Insurance Board shall promulgate such rules and regulations as may be necessary for the effective administration of the provisions of this section.
(h) In addition, the State Employees' Insurance Board shall engage such actuarial and other special services as shall be required to transact the business of the board. The compensation of all persons engaged by the board, with the exception of clerical employees who shall be employed under the Merit System Act, and all other expenses of the board necessary for the operation of the board shall be paid at such rates and in such amounts as the board shall approve.
(Acts 1990, No. 90-624, p. 1139, §§1, 2; Acts 1992, No. 92-303, p. 681, §1; Acts 1995, No. 95-746, p. 1697, §1; Act 98-638, p. 1408, §1; Act 2001-698, p. 1490, §1; Act 2006-596, p. 1623, §1; Act 2009-778, p. 2431, §1; Act 2012-234, p. 434, §1; Act 2013-335, p. 1177, §1.)