Public Laws

124th Legislature

First Regular Session



Chapter 244

H.P. 821 - L.D. 1180

An Act To Clarify and Update the Laws Related to Life and Health Insurance

Emergency preamble. Whereas,  acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and

Whereas,  the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides health insurance premium assistance to persons laid off on or after September 1, 2008 and eligible for continuation of health insurance coverage under state law; and

Whereas,  persons eligible for continuation of health insurance coverage under state law must be provided a 2nd election period to qualify for premium assistance through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; and

Whereas,  this bill provides that 2nd election period to conform to federal law; and

Whereas,  immediate enactment of this Act is necessary to allow laid off employees the opportunity to elect to continue coverage and qualify for premium assistance; and

Whereas,  in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
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Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.

Effective June 3, 2009.

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Augusta, ME 04333