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A05108 Summary:

BILL NOA05108
 
SAME ASSAME AS S05184
 
SPONSORAbbate
 
COSPNSRColton
 
MLTSPNSR
 
 
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.
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A05108 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A5108
 
SPONSOR: Abbate
  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 main- tained.   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: None   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 reti- rees 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: 2015: S.3252 THIRD READING 2016: S.3252 REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS 2017: S.4637 REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS 2018: S.4637 REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS 2019: S.2284 REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS 2020: S.2284 REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: No new costs to state government. This legislation simply continues the benefits and employer contributions being made as of May 1, 2008.   LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
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