Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 103
Health Plan for State Employees

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Definitions.

103.003. As used in sections 103.003 to 103.175, the following terms mean:

(1) "Actuarial reserves", the necessary funding required to pay all the medical expenses for services provided to members of the plan but for which the claims have not yet been received by the claims administrator;

(2) "Actuary", a member of the American Academy of Actuaries or who is an enrolled actuary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974;

(3) "Agency", a state-sponsored institution of higher learning, political subdivision or governmental entity or instrumentality;

(4) "Alternative delivery health care program", a plan of covered benefits that pays medical expenses through an alternate mechanism rather than on a fee-for-service basis. This includes, but is not limited to, health maintenance organizations and preferred provider organizations, all of which shall include chiropractic physicians licensed under chapter 331, in the provider networks or organizations;

(5) "Board", the board of trustees of the Missouri consolidated health care plan;

(6) "Claims administrator", an agency contracted to process medical claims submitted from providers or members of the plan and their dependents;

(7) "Coordination of benefits", to work with another group-sponsored health care plan which also covers a member of the plan to ensure that both plans pay their appropriate amount of the health care expenses incurred by the member;

(8) "Covered benefits", a schedule of covered services, including chiropractic services, which are payable under the plan;

(9) "Employee", any person employed full time by the state or a participating member agency, or a person eligible for coverage by a state-sponsored retirement system or a retirement system sponsored by a participating member agency of the plan;

(10) "Evidence of good health", medical information supplied by a potential member of the plan that is reviewed to determine the financial risk the person represents to the plan and the corresponding determination of whether or not he or she should be accepted into the plan;

(11) "Health care plan", any group medical benefit plan providing coverage on an expense-incurred basis, any HMO, any group service or indemnity contract issued by a health plan of any type or description;

(12) "Medical benefits coverages" shall include services provided by chiropractic physicians as well as physicians licensed under chapter 334;

(13) "Medical expenses", costs for services performed by a provider and covered under the plan;

(14) "Missouri consolidated health care plan benefit fund account", the benefit trust fund account containing all payroll deductions, payments, and income from all sources for the plan;

(15) "Officer", an elected official of the state of Missouri;

(16) "Participating higher education entity", a state-sponsored institution of higher learning;

(17) "Participating member agency", a political subdivision or governmental entity that has elected to join the plan and has been accepted by the board;

(18) "Plan year", a twelve-month period designated by the board which is used to calculate the annual rate categories and the appropriate coverage;

(19) "Provider", a physician, hospital, pharmacist, psychologist, chiropractic physician or other licensed practitioner who or which provides health care services within the respective scope of practice of such practitioner pursuant to state law and regulation;

(20) "Retiree", a person who is not an employee and is receiving or is entitled to receive an annuity benefit from a state-sponsored retirement system or a retirement system of a participating member agency of the plan or becomes eligible for retirement benefits because of service with a participating member agency.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 1, A.L. 1995 S.B. 410, A.L. 1996 H.B. 1400, A.L. 2000 S.B. 885, A.L. 2016 S.B. 997)

Missouri consolidated health care plan established, purpose--powers tocarry out plan.

103.005. For the purpose of covering medical expenses of the officers, employees and retirees, the eligible dependents of officers, employees and retirees and to the surviving spouses and children of deceased officers, employees and retirees of the state and participating member agencies of the state, there is hereby created and established a health care plan which shall be a body corporate, which shall be under the management of the board of trustees herein described, and shall be known as the "Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan". Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, such plan may sue and be sued, transact business, contract, invest funds and hold cash, securities and other property and shall be vested with such other powers as may be necessary or proper to enable it, its officers, employees, and agents to carry out fully and effectively all the purposes of sections 103.003 to 103.175.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 2)

Administration to be by board of trustees--members, qualifications,appointment, terms--vacancies.

103.008. 1. The general administration and the responsibility for the proper operation of the plan is vested in a board of trustees of thirteen persons, as follows: the director of the department of health and senior services, the director of the department of insurance, financial institutions and professional registration, the commissioner of the state office of administration serving ex officio, one member of the senate from the majority party appointed by the president pro tem of the senate and one member of the senate from the minority party appointed by the president pro tem of the senate with the concurrence of the minority floor leader of the senate, one member of the house of representatives from the majority party appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives and one member of the house of representatives from the minority party appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives with the concurrence of the minority floor leader of the house of representatives, and six members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Of the six members appointed by the governor, three shall be citizens of the state of Missouri who are not members of the plan, but who are familiar with medical issues. The remaining three members shall be members of the plan and may be selected from any state agency or any participating member agency.

2. Except for the legislative members, the director of the department of health and senior services, the director of the department of insurance, financial institutions and professional registration, and the commissioner of the office of administration, trustees shall be chosen for terms of four years from the first day of January next following their election or appointment. Any vacancies occurring in the office of trustee shall be filled in the same manner the office was filled previously.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsecs. 3, 4, A.L. 1996 H.B. 1400, A.L. 2000 S.B. 885)

MOSERS medical staff will serve jointly on both boards--rates andservices, decisions prior to January 1, 1994, to be made byMOSERS board.

103.010. MOSERS medical staff will serve jointly on both boards. All decisions on rates and services for dates prior to January 1, 1994, shall be determined by the MOSERS board. All decisions after that date shall be determined by the Missouri consolidated health care plan board.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 5)

Board chairman and vice chairman elected annually by secretballot--powers and duties.

103.012. The board shall elect by secret ballot one member as chairman and one member as vice chairman in January of each year. The chairman shall preside over the meetings of the board and perform such other duties as may be required by action of the board. The vice chairman shall perform the duties of the chairman in the absence of the latter or upon the chairman's inability or refusal to act.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 6)

Executive director appointed by board, not to be board member--powersand duties.

103.014. The board shall appoint an executive director, not one of their number, who shall be the executive officer of the board and shall have charge of the offices, records and employees of the plan, subject to the direction of the board.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 7)

Executive director and staff to be state employees--board members notto be employed by plan for four years after leaving board, exception.

103.016. The executive director and all other employees of the plan shall be state employees and eligible for all corresponding benefits. Except by the unanimous vote of the board, no person who has served as a trustee of the board may become an employee of the plan until four years have expired between the date of his or her resignation, termination, or other removal as trustee and the date of his or her appointment as an employee of the plan.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 8)

Staff salaries to be set by board.

103.019. 1. Employees of the plan shall receive such salaries and necessary expenses as shall be fixed by the board.

2. Subject to the provisions of the constitution, the board of trustees shall have exclusive jurisdiction and control over the funds and property of the plan and may employ and fix the compensation of necessary employees.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsecs. 9, 27)

Summons and writs to be served on executive director.

103.020. Any summons or other writ issued by the courts of the state shall be served upon the executive director.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 10)

Actuary or actuarial firm to give technical advice.

103.023. The board shall employ or contract with an actuary or firm of actuaries familiar with health care financing as technical advisor to the board on matters regarding the operation and funding of the plan from an actuarial basis and shall perform such duties as are from time to time required by the board.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 11)

Annual audit of records and accounts by CPA.

103.025. The board shall arrange for annual audits of the records and accounts of the plan by a certified public accountant or firm of certified public accountants.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 12, A.L. 2013 H.B. 116)

Records to be open to public--annual report on financial conditionof plan, content.

103.027. The board shall keep a record of its proceedings, which shall be open to public inspection. The board shall prepare annually and make available a report showing the financial condition of the plan which shall contain, but not be limited to, a financial balance sheet, a statement of income and disbursements, a detailed statement of investments acquired and disposed of during the year, together with a detailed statement of the annual rates on investment return from all assets and from each type of investment, a listing of all advisors and consultants retained by the board and such other data as the board shall deem necessary or desirable for a proper understanding of the condition of the plan.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 13)

Attorney at law may be employed for legal advice and representation.

103.029. The board may employ or contract with an attorney at law or firm of attorneys to be the legal advisor of the board and to represent the board in all legal proceedings.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 14)

Investment counselors may be employed for investment advice,qualifications, duties.

103.032. The board may employ or contract with an investment counselor or counselors to be the investment advisor to the board. The board may delegate to such investment counselor authority to act in place of the board in the investment and reinvestment of all or part of the moneys of the plan, and may also delegate to such counselor the authority to act in place of the board in the holding, purchasing, selling, assigning, transferring or disposing of any or all securities and investments in which such moneys have been invested, as well as the proceeds of such investments. Such investment counselor or counselors shall be registered as an investment advisor with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. In exercising or delegating its investment powers and authority, members of the board shall exercise ordinary business care prudence under the facts and circumstances prevailing at the time of the action or decision. In so doing, the board shall consider long- and short-term needs of the plan in carrying out its purposes, the plan's present and anticipated financial requirements, the expected total return on the plan's investment, general economic conditions, income, growth, long-term net appreciation, and probable safety of funds. No member of the board shall be liable for any action taken or omitted with respect to the exercise of or delegation of these powers and authority if such member shall have discharged the duties of his or her position in good faith and with that degree of diligence, care, and skill which prudent men and women would ordinarily exercise under similar circumstances in a like position.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 15)

Benefit trust fund account to be established by board, purpose--powersof board to carry out duties.

103.036. The board shall set up and maintain a benefit trust fund account in which shall be placed all payroll deductions, payments, and income from all sources. All property, money, funds, investments, and rights which shall belong to or be available for expenditure or use by the plan shall be dedicated to and held in trust for the members and for the purposes herein set out and no other. The board shall have power, in the name and on behalf of the plan, to purchase, acquire, hold, invest, lend, lease, sell, assign, transfer, and dispose of all property, rights, and securities, and enter into written contracts as may be necessary and proper to carry out its duties.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 16)

Deposit of funds--commingling of funds prohibited--executive directorto be responsible, bond required.

103.039. All moneys received by or belonging to the plan shall be paid to the executive director and promptly deposited by the executive director to the credit of the plan in one or more banks or trust companies or other financial institutions as selected by the board. No such money shall be deposited in or be retained by any bank or trust company which does not have on deposit with and for the board at the time, the kind and value of collateral required by sections 30.240 and 30.270, for depositories of the state treasurer. These moneys are funds of the plan and shall not be commingled with any funds in the state treasury. The executive director shall be responsible for all funds, securities, and property belonging to the plan and shall be provided with such corporate surety bond for the faithful handling of the same as the board shall require.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 17)

Board to serve without compensation--expenses authorized--boardmembers performing duties not to suffer loss of their regularcompensation.

103.042. The board shall serve without compensation for their services as such, but shall be paid for any necessary expenses incurred in attending meetings of the board or committees thereof or in the performance of other duties authorized by the board. Duties performed for the plan by any member of the board shall be considered duties in connection with the regular employment of the individual, and he or she shall suffer no loss in regular compensation by reason of the performance of such duties.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 18)

Meetings of board, held where and how set--notice to board members.

103.045. The board shall meet within the state of Missouri not less than once per calendar quarter, at a time set at a previously scheduled meeting or at the request of the chairman or any four trustees acting jointly. Notice of the meeting shall be delivered to all trustees in person or by depositing notice in a United States Post Office in a properly stamped and addressed envelope not less than six days prior to the date fixed for the meeting. The board may meet at any time by unanimous consent.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 19)

Board members to have one vote--six members to be quorum--majorityvote of trustees present for official actions--meeting not required,procedure to determine will of board.

103.047. Each trustee shall be entitled to one vote. Six trustees shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and any official action of the board shall be based on the majority vote of the trustees present. Unless otherwise expressly provided in sections 103.003 to 103.175, a meeting need not be called or held to make any decision on a matter before the board. Each member must be sent by the executive director a copy of the matter to be decided with full information on the question from the files of the plan. The concurring decisions of six trustees may decide the issue by signing a document declaring their decision and sending the written document to the executive director within fifteen days after the document and information was mailed to the trustee. If any trustee is not in agreement with the six trustees, the matter is to be passed on at a regular board meeting or a special meeting called for that purpose.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 20)

Principal office for plan to be in Jefferson City, seal--courts totake judicial notice.

103.050. The principal office of the plan shall be in Jefferson City. The plan shall have a seal bearing the inscription "Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan", which shall be in the custody of its executive director. The courts of the state shall take judicial notice of the seal, and all copies of records, books, and written instruments which are kept in the office of the system and are certified by the director under the seal shall be proved or admitted in any court or proceeding as provided by section 109.130.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 21)

Errors in members or providers receiving more or less than entitledto--board's power to correct or recover overpayments.

103.055. Should any error result in any member or provider receiving more or less than he or she would have been entitled to receive had the error not occurred, the board shall correct such error, and to this end may recover any overpayments.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 22)

False statement or falsifying record of plan, penalty.

103.057. A person who knowingly makes a false statement, or falsifies or permits to be falsified a record of the plan, in an attempt to defraud the plan is subject to fine or imprisonment under the laws of this state.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 23)

Rules authorized, duties of board.

103.059. Subject to the limitations of law, the board shall formulate and adopt rules and regulations for the government of its own proceedings and for the administration of the plan, and its decisions as to all questions of fact shall be final and conclusive on all persons except for the right of review as provided by law and except for fraud or such gross mistake of fact as to have an effect equivalent to fraud.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 24)

Inspection by board of accounts and records of participants in plan orrequesting participants.

103.061. The accounts and records of any state department, agency, institution, political subdivision or governmental entity participating in the plan or requesting participation shall be open to inspection by the board of trustees and its employees for the purpose of obtaining information necessary in the performance of the duties of the board.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 25)

Subpoena of witnesses or production of records, powers of board.

103.064. The board shall have the power to subpoena witnesses or obtain the production of records when necessary for the performance of its duties.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 26)

Trustees and employees not to profit from plantransactions--acceptance of gratuity or compensation to influenceinvestment, penalties.

103.067. 1. No trustee or employee of the plan shall receive any gain or profit from any funds or transaction of the plan, except benefits common to all members, if entitled thereto.

2. Any trustee or employee accepting any gratuity or compensation for the purpose of influencing his action with respect to the investment of the funds of the plan shall thereby forfeit his office and in addition thereto be subject to the penalties prescribed by law.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsecs. 28, 29)

Tax exemptions for plan's assets.

103.070. The assets of the plan shall be exempt from state, county, municipal or other political subdivision taxes.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 30)

Plan to become effective on January 1, 1994--prior to effectivedate employees' retirement medical care plan to remain in effect.

103.075. The plan shall become effective on January 1, 1994. The Missouri state employees' retirement system medical care plan available for state employees, retirees, and their dependents together with all assets and liabilities shall be incorporated into the plan by June 30, 1994. Prior to January, 1994, all statutory provisions governing the Missouri state employees' retirement system medical care plan shall remain in effect.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 31)

Foster parents permitted to purchase, when.

103.078. In accordance with section 210.539, the Missouri consolidated health care plan shall allow a foster parent who qualifies for state health insurance under section 210.539 to purchase the same state health insurance as state employees for himself or herself and his or her dependents at the actuarially determined rate of total premium for such health care coverage. In order to qualify for the purchase of state health insurance under this section, foster parents shall not have access to other health insurance coverage through an employer or spouse's employer. Foster parents shall provide documentation of eligibility for state health insurance prior to purchase of any state health insurance under the Missouri consolidated health care plan.

(L. 2012 H.B. 1576)

Health care programs sponsored by other state agencies may become partof consolidated plan, procedure--departments may review plan andwithdraw, when--higher education entities may become part ofconsolidated plan, procedure.

103.079. 1. The health care programs sponsored by the departments of transportation and conservation shall become a part of this plan only upon request to and acceptance by the board of trustees by the highways and transportation commission or the conservation commission and any such transfer into this plan shall be deemed reviewable by such department every three years. Such department may withdraw from the plan upon approval by such department's commission and by providing the board a minimum of six months' notice prior to the end of the then current plan year and termination of coverage will become effective at the end of the then current plan year. For any of the foregoing state agencies choosing to participate, the plan shall not assume responsibility for any liabilities incurred by the agency or its eligible employees, retirees, or dependents prior to its effective date.

2. Any participating higher education entity may, by its own election, become part of this plan. The board of trustees shall accept the participating higher education entity. The board of trustees may request the participating higher education entity pay a first year adjustment if the population being brought into the plan is actuarially substantial and materially different than the current population in the state plan. Once a participating higher education entity comes into the plan, it may not leave the plan for a period of five years. Such participating higher education entity may withdraw from the plan upon approval by such participating higher education entity governing board and by providing the board a minimum of six months' notice prior to the end of the then current plan year and termination of coverage will become effective at the end of the then current plan year. For any of the foregoing participating higher education entities choosing to participate, the plan shall not assume responsibility for any liabilities incurred by the participating higher education entity or its eligible employees, retirees, or dependents prior to its effective date.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 1 subsec. 32, A.L. 1996 H.B. 1400, A.L. 2016 S.B. 997)

High deductible plans and health savings accounts to beoffered--definitions--premiums--consumer-driven health careplans--rulemaking authority.

103.080. 1. As used in this section, the following terms shall mean:

(1) "Health savings account" or "account", shall have the same meaning ascribed to it as in 26 U.S.C. Section 223(d), as amended;

(2) "High deductible health plan", a policy or contract of health insurance or health care plan that meets the criteria established in 26 U.S.C. Section 223(c)(2), as amended, and any regulations promulgated thereunder.

2. Beginning with the open enrollment period for the 2009 plan year, the board shall offer to all qualified state employees and retirees, in addition to the plans currently offered including but not limited to health maintenance organization plans, preferred provider organization plans, copay plans, and participating public entities the option of receiving health care coverage through a high deductible health plan and the establishment of a health savings account. The health savings account shall conform to the guidelines to be established by the Internal Revenue Service for the current tax year but in no case shall a qualified employee or retiree be required to contribute more than the minimum amount allowed by law. A qualified employee or retiree may contribute up to the maximum allowed by law. In order for a qualified individual to obtain a high deductible health plan through the Missouri consolidated health care plan, such individual shall present evidence, in a manner prescribed by regulation, to the board that he or she has established a health savings account in compliance with 26 U.S.C. Section 223, and any amendments and regulations promulgated thereto.

3. Beginning with the open enrollment period for the 2012 plan year, the high deductible health plan offered under subsection 2 of this section shall have monthly subscriber premiums that are materially lower than non-high deductible health plan monthly subscriber premiums with a goal of monthly subscriber premiums being at least fifty percent lower than non-high deductible health plan premiums. The amount of the annual deductible for the high deductible health plan offered under subsection 2 of this section shall be no greater than two hundred percent of the minimum annual deductible for self-only coverage and family coverage as established by the Internal Revenue Service for the current tax year. The coverage afforded by the high deductible health plan, after the applicable deductible has been met, shall be substantially similar or better than the average coverage provided by the non-high deductible health plans.

4. It is the intent of the Missouri general assembly to promote the use of consumer-driven health care plans such as health savings account compatible high deductible health plans by active state employees as an alternative to using traditional managed care plans. If, after the completion of the open enrollment period for the 2012 plan year, fewer than ten percent of Missouri's active state employees have enrolled in a high deductible health plan described in this section, then the board shall offer a more competitive high deductible health plan with increased financial and coverage incentives, including but not limited to alternative annual deductibles, out-of-pocket expenses, and other health plan design features, all within the established federal guidelines, with the goal of having forty percent of Missouri's active state employees enrolling in a health savings account compatible high deductible health plan by the open enrollment period for the 2015 plan year.

5. The board is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations for the administration and implementation of this section. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028. This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2007, shall be invalid and void.

6. The board shall issue a request for proposals from companies interested in offering a high deductible health plan in connection with a health savings account.

(L. 2007 H.B. 818 merged with S.B. 406, A.L. 2011 H.B. 270)

Medical benefit coverage, board's authority to contractfor--comparable benefits for employees relying on spiritualhealing.

103.083. The board shall provide or contract, or both, on its own behalf, for medical benefits coverage and services for persons covered under sections 103.003 to 103.175 and enrolled in the plan. The board may contract for medical benefits coverage with alternative delivery health care programs where available. Medical expenses shall also include expenses for comparable benefits for employees who rely solely on spiritual means through prayer for healing.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 2 subsec. 1)

Recommendation to change to an October first plan year for healthcare provider contracts.

103.084. Due to the differences between the appropriations process and the current contract methodology used by the board, the general assembly hereby recommends that the board, with respect to health care provider contracts, implement a plan year based upon a fiscal year beginning October first rather than the calendar year period currently employed by the board.

(L. 2000 S.B. 885 § 1)

Termination of coverage, when, exceptions, certain persons may chooseto continue coverage, requirements.

103.085. Except as otherwise provided by sections 103.003 to 103.080, medical benefits coverage as provided by sections 103.003 to 103.080 shall terminate when the member ceases to be an active employee; except persons receiving or entitled to receive an annuity or retirement benefit or disability benefit or the spouse of or unemancipated children of deceased persons receiving or entitled to receive an annuity or retirement benefit or disability benefit from the state, participating member agency, institution, political subdivision or governmental entity may elect to continue coverage, provided the individuals to be covered have been continuously covered for health care benefits:

(1) Under a separate group or individual policy for the six-month period immediately preceding the member's date of death or disability or eligibility for normal or early retirement; or

(2) Pursuant to sections 103.003 to 103.080, since the effective date of the most recent open enrollment period prior to the member's date of death or disability or eligibility for normal or early retirement; or

(3) From the initial date of eligibility for the benefits provided by sections 103.003 to 103.080; or

(4) Within sixty days of a loss of group coverage, provided that such coverage was in place for at least twelve consecutive months immediately prior to the loss and that such loss was due to the dependent's termination of employment or termination of group coverage by the dependent's employer. This subdivision only applies to qualifying dependents of members receiving or entitled to receive an annuity or retirement benefit from the state, participating member agency, institution, political subdivision, or governmental entity.

Cost for coverage continued pursuant to this section shall be determined by the board. If an eligible person does not elect to continue the coverage within thirty-one days of the first day of the month following the date on which the eligible person ceases to be an employee, he or she may not later elect to be covered pursuant to this section.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 2 subsec. 2, A.L. 2000 H.B. 1808 merged with S.B. 885, A.L. 2007 H.B. 818 merged with S.B. 406)

Medicare benefits participants, effect.

103.089. Participants in the program of medical benefits coverage provided by sections 103.003 to 103.175 who are eligible for Medicare benefits and who are not eligible for the program of medical benefits coverage provided under sections 103.083 to 103.098 to be their primary plan of coverage benefits shall be provided substantially similar benefits provided participants who are not eligible for Medicare benefits. Medical benefits coverage provided under sections 103.003 to 103.175 shall be coordinated with Medicare benefits for participants covered by part A or part B, or both, of Medicare benefits, or for participants eligible for but not covered by part A or part B, or both, of Medicare benefits, reduced by an amount determined by the claims administrator to provide a benefit equivalent to the amount which would be provided on a coordination of benefit basis for such participants if such participants were covered by part A or part B, or both, of Medicare benefits. As used in sections 103.083 to 103.098, the term "Medicare benefits" shall include those medical benefits provided by Title XVIII, A and B, Public Law 89-97, 1965 amendments to the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Section 301, et seq.) and amendments thereto. Any participating member agency having employees or eligible retirees not covered by Medicare shall authorize the plan at its option to enroll those individuals for medical benefits as provided by Title XVIII, A and B, Public Law 89-97, 1965 amendments to the federal Social Security Act whenever they become eligible for such benefits and the plan shall pay the premium for such enrollment on behalf of that person. The Medicare premium amounts shall be included in the rate established by the actuary for providing medical benefits coverage to such a participating member agency. Anyone not authorizing this Medicare enrollment shall be denied coverage.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 2 subsec. 3, A.L. 2011 H.B. 270)

General assembly members, elected officials and employees who ceaseto hold office may continue coverage--time limitation to electcoverage.

103.095. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, any member of the general assembly and any elected state official holding a statewide elective state office, who ceases to hold elective office, or any person employed by the elected official or employed by a member of the general assembly, whose employment is terminated because such elected official or member of the general assembly ceases to hold elective office, may elect to continue insurance benefits to cover medical expenses provided under sections 103.003 to 103.175, by paying the cost of such benefits as determined by the board. If an eligible person does not elect to continue the coverage within thirty-one days from the last day of the month in which the eligible person ceases to be an employee, he may not later elect to be covered under this section.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 2 subsec. 4)

Thirty-day enrollment period for state employees, retirees anddependents--preexisting condition not covered for twelve months.

103.098. There shall be a thirty-day enrollment period, at a time designated by the board, during which retirees and surviving dependents of retirees or employees of state agencies participating in the plan but not then covered by the medical care plan shall be able to enroll in the plan upon provision, at their* own expense, of evidence of good health satisfactory to the board. A preexisting condition will not be covered until a person has been a plan participant for twelve consecutive months.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 2 subsec. 5)

*Word "his" appears in original rolls.

Cost of medical benefit program, estimated amount, howcomputed--notification of authorized medical benefitoptions--recommendation of portion to be paid byemployees--appropriations requested.

103.100. 1. Before each October first, the board shall separately certify to each participating member agency an actuarially determined estimate of the amount which will be necessary during the next plan year to pay all the liabilities for that individual state-sponsored plan or participating member agency plan, including the costs of administration, which shall exist or accrue pursuant to providing the medical benefits of the plan. The estimate shall be computed based on the medical benefit program or programs adopted by the board and shall be certified in total expected expenditures, including the expected expenditures per person for each separately rated category of coverage.

2. Before August first of each year, beginning with August 1, 1996, the board shall notify the state division of budget and planning of the medical benefit options authorized by the board. In addition, the board shall provide the cost of funding each category for each medical benefit option the plan offers.

3. Before September first of each year, beginning September 1, 1996, the entity designated by the governor to make recommendations on a total compensation package for state employees shall analyze the medical benefit options authorized by the board and the costs of each such option, and shall make recommendations to the state division of budget and planning on the portion of such costs, if any, to be paid by the state and the portion to be paid by each state employee for each recommended option. The extent of the recommendation shall be limited to the total state contribution amount as it pertains to the basic covered benefit packages available and any new ancillary benefits that may be available in addition to the basic covered benefit packages. The Missouri consolidated health care plan board of trustees shall maintain responsibility for the pricing strategy regarding how the covered benefit packages are offered to state employees who are members of the plan. The entity shall also notify the board of the recommended state contribution.

4. The commissioner of administration shall request appropriations for payments to the plan for covered state employees. Subject to appropriation, the commissioner of administration monthly shall requisition and certify the payment to the executive director of the plan who shall promptly deposit such amounts to the benefit trust fund account.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 3 subsecs. 1, 2, A.L. 1995 S.B. 410)

Participating member agencies to pay executive directormonthly--payment deposited in health fund.

103.105. The employing participating member agency of the members of the plan who are not paid out of funds that have been deposited in the state treasury shall promptly pay monthly to the executive director an amount equal to the amount which the board has certified based upon the actuarial study for that participating member agency. The executive director shall promptly deposit such amounts to the benefit trust fund account.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 3 subsec. 3)

Certification of costs of providing recommended options--premiumamounts, payment--deposit in fund.

103.110. Before each October first, the board shall certify to the state division of budget and planning an actuarially determined amount which will be necessary during the next plan year to pay all the liabilities, including the cost of administration, and any necessary actuarial reserves which shall exist or accrue pursuant to providing the medical benefits options as recommended by the entity. All such premium amounts shall be paid to the executive director at the time that each employee's wages or salary would normally be paid, but not later than the fifteenth day of the month following. The premium amounts so remitted will be promptly placed by the executive director in the benefit trust fund account. In lieu of the availability of premium deductions the board may establish alternative methods for the collection of premium amounts.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 3 subsec. 4, A.L. 1995 S.B. 410)

Consultants, former employees from certain state agencies, judges orteachers to be compensated for advice which will be paid towardmedical benefits, amount.

103.115. Any former employee or any surviving spouse who is receiving retirement benefits from the Missouri state employees' retirement system or the transportation department employees' and highway patrol retirement system; or any former judge or surviving spouse of a former judge who is receiving retirement benefits pursuant to the provisions of sections 287.812 to 287.856, or sections 476.450 to 476.686; or any former teacher or surviving spouse of a former teacher who elected to remain in the public school retirement system pursuant to the provisions of section 104.342 and who is receiving retirement benefits from the public school retirement system and is, or becomes, a member of the Missouri consolidated health care plan or an alternative delivery health care program provided by the board on behalf of the state shall, upon application with the board of trustees, be made, constituted, appointed and employed by the board as a special consultant on the problems of retiree health and, in addition to duties prescribed in section 104.610, or any other law, and upon request of the board of trustees, give the board, orally or in writing, a short detailed statement of physical, medical and health problems affecting retirees. As compensation for the extra duty imposed by this section, each such special consultant as defined above shall receive, in addition to all other compensation provided by law, an amount contributed toward medical benefits coverage provided by the above-referenced plan or plans as appropriated by law.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 3 subsec. 5, A.L. 1994 H.B. 1149, A.L. 1995 S.B. 410)

Effective 5-16-95

Agencies joining plan to be by majority vote of governing body,procedure--coverage to be effective, when--must be offered to alleligible employees, retirees and dependents of agency.

103.130. Each participating member agency may elect by majority vote of its governing body, to join the plan and cover its employees, retirees, and their dependents under the plan as follows:

(1) The clerk or secretary of the participating member agency shall certify the election to the board within ten working days after the vote of the governing body;

(2) The board shall establish a procedure for considering the election of the agencies. Acceptance of the agency into the plan shall be by action of the board and shall be based upon an actuarial analysis or any other determination that the board deems appropriate;

(3) The agency shall supply all available information requested by the board that is necessary to complete an actuarial analysis of the agency and make a determination of the fiscal impact that inclusion of the agency would have on the plan;

(4) The effective date of the participating member agency's coverage will be the first day of the month so requested by the agency and approved by the board;

(5) The participating member agency must offer coverage under the plan to all of its eligible employees, retirees, and dependents.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 4 subsec. 1)

Withdrawal from plan--participating agencies and politicalsubdivisions, procedure--termination of plan effective, when.

103.133. A participating member agency may elect to withdraw from the plan by certifying such election of its governing body to the board. Such certification must be received by the board at least ninety days prior to the end of the then current plan year and termination of the agency's coverage under the plan will become effective at the end of the then current plan year.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 4 subsec. 2)

Agencies and political subdivisions, coverage by plan aftertermination, two-year period, exception, board action.

103.136. Any participating member agency terminating its coverage under the plan will not be eligible for participation in the plan for a period of two years after its termination date.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 4 subsec. 3, A.L. 2000 S.B. 885)

Plan not responsible for liabilities prior to effective date--forparticipating agencies and political subdivisions.

103.138. The plan shall not assume responsibility for any liabilities incurred by the participating member agency or its eligible employees, retirees, or dependents prior to its effective date.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 4 subsec. 4)

Participating agencies and political subdivisions, persons eligiblefor plan.

103.141. The persons in each participating member agency eligible for coverage by the plan shall include, subject to the limitations contained in sections 103.003 to 103.175:

(1) All employees, retirees, former employees entitled to a retirement benefit because of service with the participating member agency, employees eligible for a disability benefit from the participating member agency, employees on a leave of absence, and their dependents;

(2) All persons, and their dependents, who become employees of a participating member agency on or after the date such agency becomes covered under the plan, and who wish to enroll in the plan; and

(3) All persons who become eligible for retirement benefits because of service with the participating member agency, persons who become eligible for a disability benefit from the participating member agency, and their unemancipated dependents, on or after the date such participating member agency becomes covered under the plan, and who have been continuously covered by the benefits under sections 103.003 to 103.175 for at least the shorter of:

(a) Two years prior to the date of disability of the employee or his eligibility for normal or early retirement; or

(b) From the initial date of eligibility for the benefits provided by sections 103.003 to 103.175.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 4 subsec. 5)

Enrollment period of thirty days for employees, retirees anddependents of participating member agency.

103.145. There shall be a thirty-day enrollment period, at a time designated by the board, during which retirees and surviving dependents of retirees or employees of a participating member agency who are not then covered by any health care plan offered by the participating member agency shall be able to enroll in the plan upon provision, at their* own expense, of evidence of good health satisfactory to the board. A preexisting condition will not be covered until a person has been a plan participant for a period of twelve consecutive months.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 4 subsec. 6)

*Word "his" appears in original rolls.

Coverage to terminate when person no longer employee of participatingmember agency--exceptions.

103.150. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary and with the exception of a retiree of the participating member agency or a former employee of the participating member agency who is entitled to retirement benefits from the participating member agency, when a person is no longer an employee of a participating member agency covered by the plan, that person and his dependents shall thereupon cease to be covered by the plan.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 4 subsec. 7)

Reimbursement by participating member agency of start-up costsincurred solely for member agency.

103.155. If so determined by the board, a participating member agency shall reimburse the plan for any initial start-up costs that are incurred by the plan solely on behalf of the participating member agency and necessary in order for the participating member agency to be included in the plan.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 4 subsec. 8)

Premiums to be paid by participating agencies--deposit intofund.

103.158. Monthly, in accordance with a schedule developed by the board, or its designee, each participating member agency shall pay all applicable premium amounts to the executive director. The premium amounts so remitted will be promptly deposited by the executive director in the benefit trust fund account.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 4 subsec. 9, A.L. 1996 H.B. 1400)

Delinquent participating member agency, effect--first lien onmember agency's fund--writ of mandamus for payment.

103.163. If any participating member agency fails to make any payment due the plan for a period of sixty days after the payment is due, the participating member agency shall become delinquent and the amount of the delinquency shall constitute a first lien of the funds of the participating member agency, and the board is authorized to compel payment by application for a writ of mandamus; and, in addition, such delinquency shall be certified by the board to the state treasurer. Until such delinquency, together with regular interest, is satisfied, the state treasurer shall withhold all moneys due the participating member agency from the state.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 4 subsec. 10)

Termination of agency's participation in plan for failure to pay--nopayment of claims during period of nonpayment.

103.165. If any participating member agency fails to make any payment due the plan, the board may terminate the agency's participation in the plan and stop paying claims accrued during the period of nonpayment.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 4 subsec. 11)

Deficiency in year participating member agencies withdraw to beprorated by the actuary.

103.170. If there is a deficiency in any year, participating member agencies withdrawing from the plan during that year will be assessed a prorated amount determined by the actuary.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 4 subsec. 12)

Feasibility of agencies and school district retirees not havingjoined plan to join--board to study and report.

103.175. The board shall study and report to the general assembly, on or before December 15, 2003, on the feasibility of including in this plan individuals who are employees of eligible agencies which have not elected to join the plan or who are retirees of school districts.

(L. 1992 H.B. 1574 § 4 subsec. 13, A.L. 2003 S.B. 317)

Alternative system of benefits for treatment of chemical dependency,pilot project--design of project, report.

103.178. 1. Beginning on a date specified by the board of trustees of the Missouri consolidated health care plan but not later than July 1, 1995, the Missouri consolidated health care plan established under section 103.005 shall implement a pilot project to make available to those residing in the pilot project area who are covered by the plan an alternative system of benefits for the treatment of chemical dependency added* to those benefits regularly available to plan participants. The benefits provided under the pilot project shall be similar in scope and comprehensiveness, but not limited to, the benefits provided for the treatment and rehabilitation of persons who are chemically dependent under the department of mental health's comprehensive substance treatment and rehabilitation program, popularly described as the C-STAR program. Such a pilot project shall operate for a period not to exceed four years. To the extent that participation in the pilot project incurs additional cost to a person covered under the plan, participation shall be voluntary. If no additional cost is incurred, the alternative system of benefits may be made in lieu of the regular benefits for the services in the pilot project area.

2. The Missouri state employees' retirement system or the Missouri health care plan, as appropriate, shall in cooperation with the department of mental health and the department of insurance, financial institutions and professional registration design the pilot project so as to generate data to evaluate the costs and benefits of providing coverage of chemical dependency using an alternative set of benefits as provided in this section. The Missouri consolidated health care plan shall at the completion of the pilot project submit to the governor and the members of the general assembly a report which describes the results of the evaluation of this pilot project. As authorized by appropriations made for that purpose, the Missouri state employees' retirement system or the Missouri consolidated health care plan may contract with persons to conduct an independent evaluation of the pilot project established in this section.

(L. 1993 H.B. 564 § 16)

*Word "added" does not appear in original rolls.


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