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Chapter 571

H.P. 1183 - L.D. 1671

PART JJJ

Sec. JJJ-1. 5 MRSA §285, sub-§7-A,  as enacted by PL 2009, c. 213, Pt. GG, §2, is amended to read:

7-A. Health credit premium program.   Notwithstanding subsection 7, paragraph C, the State may pay a greater proportion of the total cost of the individual premium for the standard plan identified and offered by the commission and available to the employee as authorized by the commission. The commission shall develop a health credit premium program whereby employees are provided incentives to engage in healthy behaviors in an effort to improve the health status of the state employee population and to help reduce costs to the state employee health insurance program. The commission shall define benchmarks for healthy behaviors that, if met by an individual employee, result in the State's paying a greater share of the individual premium. Adjustments to the state share of the individual premium must be applied once each year in advance of the beginning of the plan year.

The benchmarks developed by the commission must provide 3 2 discrete levels for the state share of the individual premium as follows.

A. For employees whose base annual rate of pay is projected to be less than or equal to $30,000 on July 1st of the state fiscal year for which the premium contribution is being determined, the health credit premium program must provide the individual employee meeting the specified benchmarks with the opportunity to have the state share of the individual premium paid at 100% , 97.5% or 95%. The state share is determined by the specific benchmarks met by the employee.
B. For employees whose base annual rate of pay is projected to be greater than $30,000 and less than $80,000 on July 1st of the state fiscal year for which the premium contribution is being determined, the health credit premium program must provide the individual employee meeting the specified benchmarks with the opportunity to have the state share of the individual premium paid at 95% , 92.5% or 90%. The state share is determined by the specific benchmarks met by the employee.
C. For employees whose base annual rate of pay is projected to be $80,000 or greater on July 1st of the state fiscal year for which the premium contribution is being determined, the health credit premium program must provide the individual employee meeting the specified benchmarks with the opportunity to have the state share of the individual premium paid at 92.5% , 89% or 85%. The state share is determined by the specific benchmarks met by the employee.

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