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Full Text of HB3249  103rd General Assembly


Sen. Karina Villa

Filed: 5/4/2023





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 3249, AS AMENDED,
3by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
5    "Section 5. The Public Safety Employee Benefits Act is
6amended by changing Section 10 as follows:
7    (820 ILCS 320/10)
8    Sec. 10. Required health coverage benefits.
9    (a) An employer who employs a full-time law enforcement,
10correctional or correctional probation officer, or
11firefighter, who, on or after the effective date of this Act
12suffers a catastrophic injury or is killed in the line of duty
13shall pay the entire premium of the employer's health
14insurance plan for the injured employee, the injured
15employee's spouse, and for each dependent child of the injured
16employee until the child reaches the age of majority or until



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1the end of the calendar year in which the child reaches the age
2of 25 if the child continues to be dependent for support or the
3child is a full-time or part-time student and is dependent for
4support. An individual whose entire premium is paid in
5accordance with this Section shall be offered by the employer
6the choice of any health insurance plan available to currently
7employed full-time law enforcement, correctional or
8correctional probation officers, or firefighters. For purposes
9of plans administered under the State Employee Group Insurance
10Act of 1971, changes in coverage may only be elected during
11open enrollment or following a qualifying event. The term
12"health insurance plan" does not include supplemental benefits
13that are not part of the basic group health insurance plan. If
14the injured employee subsequently dies, the employer shall
15continue to pay the entire health insurance premium for the
16surviving spouse until remarried and for the dependent
17children under the conditions established in this Section.
19        (1) Health insurance benefits payable from any other
20    source shall reduce benefits payable under this Section.
21        (2) It is unlawful for a person to willfully and
22    knowingly make, or cause to be made, or to assist,
23    conspire with, or urge another to make, or cause to be
24    made, any false, fraudulent, or misleading oral or written
25    statement to obtain health insurance coverage as provided
26    under this Section. A violation of this item is a Class A



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1    misdemeanor.
2        (3) Upon conviction for a violation described in item
3    (2), a law enforcement, correctional or correctional
4    probation officer, or other beneficiary who receives or
5    seeks to receive health insurance benefits under this
6    Section shall forfeit the right to receive health
7    insurance benefits and shall reimburse the employer for
8    all benefits paid due to the fraud or other prohibited
9    activity. For purposes of this item, "conviction" means a
10    determination of guilt that is the result of a plea or
11    trial, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld.
12    (b) In order for the law enforcement, correctional or
13correctional probation officer, firefighter, spouse, or
14dependent children to be eligible for insurance coverage under
15this Act, the injury or death must have occurred as the result
16of the officer's response to fresh pursuit, the officer or
17firefighter's response to what is reasonably believed to be an
18emergency, an unlawful act perpetrated by another, or during
19the investigation of a criminal act. Nothing in this Section
20shall be construed to limit health insurance coverage or
21pension benefits for which the officer, firefighter, spouse,
22or dependent children may otherwise be eligible.
23(Source: P.A. 90-535, eff. 11-14-97.)".