Session of 1998
By Representatives Correll, Alldritt, Ballard, Burroughs, Compton, Cox,
                Crow, Dahl, Dillon, Faber, Feuerborn, Findley, Flaharty, Garner,
                Grant, Hayzlett, Humerickhouse, Johnston, Kirk, Kuether, Larkin, P.
                Long, McClure, McCreary, Minor, Myers, Pauls, E. Peterson, Phelps,
                Powers, Reardon, Reinhardt, Ruff, Sawyer, Sharp, Showalter, Shriver,
                Storm, Tanner, Toelkes, Vickrey, Wells and Wempe
          14             AN ACT relating to the state health care benefits system; concerning
15             eligibility for participation therein; amending K.S.A. 75-6501 and re-
16             pealing the existing section.
18       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
19           Section 1. K.S.A. 75-6501 is hereby amended to read as follows:
20       75-6501. (a) Within the limits of appropriations made or available therefor
21       and subject to the provisions of appropriation acts relating thereto, the
22       Kansas state employees health care commission shall develop and provide
23       for the implementation and administration of a state health care benefits
24       program.
25           (b) The state health care benefits program may provide benefits for
26       persons qualified to participate in the program for hospitalization, medical
27       services, surgical services, nonmedical remedial care and treatment ren-
28       dered in accordance with a religious method of healing and other health
29       services. The program may include such provisions as are established by
30       the Kansas state employees health care commission, including but not
31       limited to qualifications for benefits, services covered, schedules and
32       graduation of benefits, conversion privileges, deductible amounts, limi-
33       tations on eligibility for benefits by reason of termination of employment
34       or other change of status, leaves of absence, military service or other
35       interruptions in service and other reasonable provisions as may be estab-
36       lished by the commission.
37           (c) The Kansas state employees health care commission shall desig-
38       nate by rules and regulations those persons who are qualified to partici-
39       pate in the state health care benefits program, including active and retired
40       public officers and employees and their dependents as defined by rules
41       and regulations of the commission. In designating persons qualified to
42       participate in the state health care benefits program, the commission may
43       establish such conditions, restrictions, limitations and exclusions as the

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  1       commission deems reasonable. On and after July 1, 1998, employees, as
  2       defined in K.S.A. 74-4932 and amendments thereto, and their dependents
  3       shall be qualified for participation in the system. Each person who was
  4       formerly elected or appointed and qualified to an elective state office and
  5       who was covered immediately preceding the date such person ceased to
  6       hold such office by the provisions of group health insurance or a health
  7       maintenance organization plan under the law in effect prior to August 1,
  8       1984, or the state health care benefits program in effect after that date,
  9       shall continue to be qualified to participate in the state health care ben-
10       efits program and shall pay the cost of participation in the program as
11       established and in accordance with the procedures prescribed by the com-
12       mission if such person chooses to participate therein.
13           (d) The state health care benefits program established under this act
14       shall be effective on and after August 1, 1984.
15           Sec. 2. K.S.A. 75-6501 is hereby repealed.
16           Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
17       publication in the statute book.