Peace officers and fire fighters—continuation of benefits, 64.15(3)
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Adopted and Filed
Rule making related to continuation of benefits
The Department of Administrative Services hereby amends Chapter 64, "Benefits," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is adopted under the authority provided in Iowa Code sections 8A.104, 17A.3 and 17A.4.
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code section 8A.402(1)"c" and 2018 Iowa Acts, House File 2502.
Purpose and Summary
2018 Iowa Acts, House File 2502, division XVII, creates a new section of Iowa Code, 509A.13C, addressing continuing coverage of health care benefits for the surviving spouse and each surviving child of an eligible peace officer or fire fighter killed in the line of duty. Pursuant to Iowa Code section 8A.402(1)"c," the Department is the central agency responsible for state human resource management, including employee benefits. The new section in Iowa Code chapter 509A says, in part, if a governing body, a county board of supervisors, or a city council has procured accident or health care coverage for its employees under this chapter, such coverage shall permit continuation of existing coverage or reenrollment in previously existing coverage for the surviving spouse and each surviving child of an eligible peace officer or fire fighter killed in the line of duty. This amendment comports with 2018 Iowa Acts, House File 2502.
Public Comment and Changes to Rule Making
Notice of Intended Action for this rule making was published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on September 26, 2018, as ARC 4020C. A public hearing was held on October 16, 2018, at 10 a.m. in Conference Room 5, A Level, Hoover State Office Building, Des Moines, Iowa. No one attended the public hearing. No public comments were received. No changes from the Notice have been made.
Adoption of Rule Making
This rule making was adopted by the Department on October 31, 2018.
The fiscal impact cannot be determined. While there is an eligible population, there is no evidence of participation in the new offering.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
The Department will not grant waivers under the provisions of these rules, other than as may be allowed under Chapter 9 of the Department's rules concerning waivers.
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
This rule making will become effective on December 26, 2018.
The following rule-making action is adopted:
Adopt the following new subrule 64.15(3):
64.15(3) The surviving spouse and each surviving child of an eligible peace officer or fire fighter, as defined in 2018 Iowa Acts, House File 2502, are eligible for the continuation of existing, or reenrollment in previously existing, health insurance coverage.
[Filed 10/31/18, effective 12/26/18]
Editor's Note: For replacement pages for IAC, see IAC Supplement 11/21/18.