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Public Employees' Health Benefits; Eligibility   

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(a) The following persons are eligible to enroll their domestic partner as a family member in a health benefit plan:

(1) Employees of a contracting agency that has amended its contract with the board to elect to provide health care coverage to the domestic partners of its employees and annuitants, pursuant to Section 22929.

(2) State employees who are members of a bargaining unit or are retired from a bargaining unit if there is a signed memorandum of understanding between the state and the recognized employee organization to adopt the benefits accorded under this section, and the Department of Personnel Administration makes this section simultaneously applicable to all eligible annuitants retired from the bargaining unit.

(3) Members of the system who are employed by the Assembly, the Senate, or the California State University, only if the Assembly Committee on Rules, the Senate Committee on Rules, or the Board of Trustees of the California State University, respectively, makes this section applicable to its employees.

(4) Members of the system who are state employees of the judicial branch, and judges and justices who are members of the Judges' Retirement System or the Judges' Retirement System II, if the Judicial Council makes this section applicable to those persons.

(5) Employees excluded from the Ralph C. Dills Act (Chapter 10.3 (commencing with Section 3512) of Division 4 of Title 1) upon adoption by the Department of Personnel Administration of regulations to implement employee benefits under this section for those persons. Regulations adopted or amended pursuant to this paragraph are not subject to review and approval by the Office of Administrative Law pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2) and shall become effective immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State.

(b) In order to receive any benefit provided by this part, an employee or annuitant shall provide the board all of the following:

(1) Proof in a manner designated by the board that the employee or annuitant and his or her domestic partner have filed a valid Declaration of Domestic Partnership pursuant to Section 298.5 of the Family Code or have established a valid domestic partnership, as defined by his or her contracting agency in accordance with subdivision (b) of Section 22771.

(2) A signed statement indicating that the employee or annuitant agrees that he or she may be required to reimburse the employer, the health benefit plan, and the system for any expenditures made for medical claims, processing fees, administrative expenses, and attorney's fees on behalf of the domestic partner, if any of the submitted documentation is found to be incomplete, inaccurate, or fraudulent.

(c) The employee or annuitant shall notify the employer or the board when a domestic partnership has terminated, as required by subdivision (c) of Section 299 of the Family Code, or as required by his or her contracting agency in accordance with subdivision (b) of Section 22771.

(Added by Stats. 2004, Ch. 69, Sec. 22.)