Public Employees' Health Benefits; Contracting Agency Contributions
(a) Notwithstanding Section 22892, the percentage of employer contribution payable for postretirement health benefits for an employee of a contracting agency subject to this section shall, except as provided in subdivision (b), be based on the member's completed years of credited state service at retirement as shown in the following table: Credited Years Percentage of Employer of Service Contribution 10 50 11 55 12 60 13 65 14 70 15 75 16 80 17 85 18 90 19 95 20 or more 100
This subdivision shall apply only to employees who retire for service and are first employed after this section becomes applicable to their employer, except as otherwise provided in paragraph (6). The application of this subdivision shall be subject to the following provisions:
(1) The employer contribution with respect to each annuitant shall be adjusted by the employer each year. Those adjustments shall be based upon the principle that the employer contribution for each annuitant may not be less than the amount equal to 100 percent of the weighted average of the health benefit plan premiums for an employee or annuitant enrolled for self-alone, during the benefit year to which the formula is applied, for the four health benefit plans that had the largest state enrollment, excluding family members, during the previous benefit year. For each annuitant with enrolled family members, the employer shall contribute an additional 90 percent of the weighted average of the additional premiums required for enrollment of those family members, during the benefit year to which the formula is applied, in the four health benefit plans that had the largest state enrollment, excluding family members, during the previous benefit year. Only the enrollment of, and premiums paid by, state employees and annuitants enrolled in basic health benefit plans shall be counted for purposes of calculating the employer contribution under this section.
(2) The employer shall have, in the case of employees represented by a bargaining unit, reached an agreement with that bargaining unit to be subject to this section.
(3) The employer shall certify to the board, in the case of employees not represented by a bargaining unit, that there is not an applicable memorandum of understanding.
(4) The credited service of an employee for the purpose of determining the percentage of employer contributions applicable under this section shall mean state service as defined in Section 20069, except that at least five years of service shall have been performed entirely with that employer.
(5) The employer shall provide the board any information requested that the board determines is necessary to implement this section.
(6) The employer may, once each year without discrimination, allow all employees who were first employed before this section became applicable to the employer to individually elect to be subject to the provisions of this section, and the employer shall notify the board which employees have made that election.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the contribution payable by an employer subject to this section shall be equal to 100 percent of the amount established pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) on behalf of any annuitant who either:
(1) Retired for disability.
(2) Retired for service with 20 or more years of service credit entirely with that employer, regardless of the number of days after separation from employment. The contribution payable by an employer under this paragraph shall be paid only if it is greater than, and made in lieu of, a contribution payable to the annuitant by another employer under this part. The board shall establish application procedures and eligibility criteria to implement this paragraph.
(c) This section does not apply to any contracting agency, its employees, or annuitants unless and until the agency files with the board a resolution of its governing body electing to be so subject. The resolution shall be adopted by a majority vote of the governing body and shall be effective at the time provided in board regulations.
(Added by Stats. 2004, Ch. 69, Sec. 22.)