South Carolina General Assembly
122nd Session, 2017-2018

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S. 61

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Senator Hutto
Document Path: l:\council\bills\bbm\9547dg17.docx
Companion/Similar bill(s): 3600

Introduced in the Senate on January 10, 2017
Introduced in the House on February 8, 2017
Currently residing in the House Committee on Ways and Means

Summary: State health plan

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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  12/13/2016  Senate  Prefiled
  12/13/2016  Senate  Referred to Committee on Finance
   1/10/2017  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 44)
   1/10/2017  Senate  Referred to Committee on Finance (Senate Journal-page 44)
   1/31/2017  Senate  Committee report: Favorable Finance 
                        (Senate Journal-page 24)
    2/2/2017  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 10)
    2/2/2017  Senate  Roll call Ayes-39  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 10)
    2/7/2017  Senate  Read third time and sent to House 
                        (Senate Journal-page 30)
    2/8/2017  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 2)
    2/8/2017  House   Referred to Committee on Ways and Means 
                        (House Journal-page 2)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

12/13/2016
1/31/2017

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COMMITTEE REPORT

January 31, 2017

S. 61

Introduced by Senator Hutto

S. Printed 1/31/17--S.

Read the first time January 10, 2017.

            

THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

To whom was referred a Bill (S. 61) to amend Section 1-11-720, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to eligibility for participation in the state health plan, etc., respectfully

REPORT:

That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:

HUGH K. LEATHERMAN, SR. for Committee.

            

STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED FISCAL IMPACT

Explanation of Fiscal Impact

Prefiled on December 13, 2016

State Expenditure

This bill provides that employees and retirees and their eligible dependents of political subdivisions of the state, or a governmental agency or instrumentality of such political subdivision are eligible for coverage under the state health and dental insurance plans. Currently, participation in the health and dental programs is limited to state and public school active and retired employees and their eligible dependents. Additionally, Section 1-11-710(A) lists other entities eligible for coverage, which include counties, municipalities, and other associations.

The SC Public Employee Benefits Authority (PEBA) indicates that Senate Bill 61 will have no expenditure impact on the general fund, federal funds, or other funds since PEBA must charge an actuarially sound amount of premiums estimated to cover the additional expenses for each political subdivision that becomes eligible to join the state health and dental plans. We are unable to determine how many additional political subdivisions, employees, or retirees may become eligible pursuant to this bill. However, PEBA indicates an additional 100 local political subdivisions participate in the state retirement system but not in the health and dental plans. Regardless of the additional number of local political subdivisions or employees, we anticipate no expenditure impact as PEBA is required to set an actuarially sound premium amount when an entity elects to join the state health and dental plans.

Local Expenditure

Due to the permissive nature of the bill, any expenditure impact on local political subdivisions depends on their current health and dental insurance costs compared to the amount PEBA determines as an actuarially sound amount of premiums for each entity.

Frank A. Rainwater, Executive Director

Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 1-11-720, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE STATE HEALTH PLAN, SO AS TO ALLOW EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES, AND THEIR DEPENDENTS, OF ANY POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THE STATE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STATE HEALTH PLAN.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Section 1-11-720(A) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 31 of 2011, is further amended by adding an appropriately numbered item at the end to read:

"( )    a political subdivision of the State of South Carolina, or a governmental agency or instrumentality of such a political subdivision."

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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