2011 -- H 5901
A N A C T
RELATING TO INSURANCE -- HEALTH
Introduced By: Representative Joseph M. McNamara
Date Introduced: March 09, 2011
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Sections 27-73-2 and 27-73-4 of the General Laws in Chapter 27-73
entitled "Rhode Island Public School Employee Uniform Benefit Act" are hereby amended to
read as follows:
Program implementation. -- (a) Upon
implementation recommendation of the
uniform health care benefit plan designs or at such other time as specified herein or as specified
in sections 28-9.3-2 and 28-9.4-3, all public school
districts and charter schools
implement one or more benefit plan design(s) including, but
not limited to, those
recommended in accordance with this chapter.
(b) Upon expiration of
collective bargaining agreements,
only recommended benefit plan
approved recommended by the board in
accordance with this chapter may be specified in
future collective bargaining agreements.
(c) Choice of benefit
plan designs from those
approved recommended in accordance
with section 27-73-4, medical insurance cost-sharing, payment for waiving medical insurance,
eligibility for receiving benefits, and providing benefits for retirees shall continue to be negotiated
pursuant to sections 28-9-3 and 28-9-4.
(d) Each municipality, district or charter school, may, at its discretion, contract for and
manage benefit plans under this chapter, either directly or indirectly, through municipal, district
or charter arrangements with insurance purchasing collaboratives or joint purchasing groups.
27-73-4. Powers, duties, and functions of the board. -- (a) The board shall have the
following powers, duties and functions relative to active full-time certified employees pursuant to
section 28-9.3-2, and active full-time school district employees pursuant to section 28-9.4-3:
(1) To design and
recommend, with input and recommendations from the
technical advisory committee, medical benefits plan designs and prescription drug coverage plan
designs in accordance with the following:
To design at least six (6) uniform benefit plan designs for all
(ii) Benefit plan designs shall include at least one managed care option, at least four (4)
preferred provider organization (PPO) options, and at least one health savings account (HSA)
compatible high deductible health plan (HDHP) option.
(iii) The actuarial value of any of the approved benefit plan designs may not be greater
than the actuarial value of the state employee health plan in effect as of the date the plan designs
(iv) The PPO options shall reflect four (4) different levels of plan design, with a
minimum actuarial difference between each of the plan designs of seven and one-half percent
(v) The actuarial value
of the lowest board-
approved recommended benefit plan design
shall not be greater than the actuarial value of the public school employee benefit plan design
with the lowest actuarial value in effect in the state on January 1, 2011.
(b) To monitor the implementation of the uniform benefit plan designs and to
recommend modifications to such benefit plan designs as appropriate.
(c) To report to the
governor and general assembly on or before
April 15, 2011 January
1, 2012, with recommendations on the means, feasibility and benefits of developing a statewide
health benefit purchasing arrangement for public school employees.
SECTION 2. Section 28-9.3-2 of the General Laws in Chapter 28-9.3 entitled "Certified
School Teachers' Arbitration" is hereby amended to read as follows:
28-9.3-2. Right to organize and bargain collectively. -- (a) The certified teachers in the
public school system in any city, town, or regional school district have the right to negotiate
professionally and to bargain collectively with their respective school committees and to be
represented by an association or labor organization in the negotiation or collective bargaining
concerning hours, salary, working conditions, and all other terms and conditions of professional
(b) For purposes of this chapter, "certified teachers" means certified teaching personnel
employed in the public school systems in the state of
including support personnel whose positions require a professional certificate issued by the state
department of education and personnel licensed by the department of health; or other non-
administrative professional employees.
(c) Superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, and assistant principals, and
other supervisors above the rank of assistant principal, are excluded from the provisions of this
the provisions of subsection (a), collective bargaining agreements shall not provide for benefits for health care
("benefit plans") for certified employees unless such benefit plans are authorized in accordance with chapter
27-73. Active employees whose
collective bargaining agreements expire on or after
30, 2011 shall may, upon
expiration of such collective bargaining agreements, receive coverage under benefit plans
authorized including, but not limited to, those recommended
in accordance with chapter 27-73.
SECTION 3. Section 28-9.4-3 of the General Laws in Chapter 28-9.4 entitled "Municipal
Employees' Arbitration" is hereby amended to read as follows:
28-9.4-3. Right to organize and bargain collectively. -- (a) The municipal employees of
any municipal employer in any city, town, or regional school district shall have the right to
negotiate and to bargain collectively with their respective municipal employers and to be
represented by an employee organization in the negotiation or collective bargaining concerning
hours, salary, working conditions, and all other terms and conditions of employment.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a), for those municipal employees who
are employed by school districts, collective bargaining agreements shall not provide for benefits
for health care ("benefit plans") for school district employees unless such benefit plans are
authorized in accordance with chapter 27-73. School district employees whose collective
bargaining agreements expire on or after
30, 2011 shall may, upon expiration of
such collective bargaining agreements, receive benefit
authorized including, but not limited
to, those recommended in accordance with chapter 27-73.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon passage.