Old Age and Survivors Insurance; STRS; Medicare coverage
(a) A division of the State Teachers' Retirement System is hereby authorized by the Legislature to provide Medicare coverage for employees of a public agency as defined in Section 22009.03, upon the request of the public agency.
(b) The division authorized by subdivision (a) shall be conducted pursuant to this article.
(c) A member of the State Teachers' Retirement Plan on whose behalf a request is made pursuant to subdivision (a), may elect to be covered by Medicare, pursuant to Section 218 of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. SEC. 418), and applicable federal regulations if (1) the member was employed in a position covered by the system on March 31, 1986, and (2) the member has not since been mandated into Medicare coverage due to the enactment of Public Law 99-272, and (3) the member is in a position covered or the member is eligible to elect to be covered by the retirement system on the date of the division.
(d) The public agency shall, immediately after the elections authorized in subdivision (b) have been made, make application pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 22200) of this part for Medicare coverage for those members who have elected to receive Medicare coverage.
(e) The effective date of the coverage may be retroactive a maximum of five years but not earlier than January 1, 1987.
(f) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2004, and, as of January 1, 2005, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, which becomes effective on or before January 1, 2005, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.
(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 62, Sec. 142.)