2014 Hawaii Revised Statutes
TITLE 7. PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES
87A. Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund
87A-21 Eligibility.

HI Rev Stat § 87A-21 (2014) What's This?

§87A-21 Eligibility. (a) The board shall establish eligibility criteria to determine who can qualify as an employee-beneficiary, dependent-beneficiary, or qualified-beneficiary, consistent with the provisions of this chapter.

(b) A retired member of the employees' retirement system; a county pension system; or a police, firefighters, and bandsmen pension system of the State or county, shall be eligible to qualify as an employee-beneficiary:

(1) Regardless of whether the retired member was actively employed by the State or county at the time of the retired employee's retirement; and

(2) Without regard to the date of the retired member's retirement.

(c) A dependent of a retired member shall be eligible to qualify as an employee-beneficiary or dependent-beneficiary:

(1) Regardless of whether the retired member was actively employed by the State or county at the time of the retired employee's retirement; and

(2) Without regard to the date of the retired member's retirement. [L 2001, c 88, pt of §1]

Case Notes

A retired employee's health benefits that are included in a health benefits plan falls within the constitutional protection contemplated by article XVI, §2 of the Hawaii constitution inasmuch as subsection (b) clearly and unambiguously conditions a retired state or county government employee's eligibility for health benefits on, inter alia, being a retired member of the employees' retirement system. 122 H. 402, 228 P.3d 282.

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