HB 2204 rewrites eligibility requirements for receipt of health insurance payments by surviving spouses and dependents of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and expands the definition of law enforcement officer.
Arizona Revised Statutes § 38-651 allows the Department of Administration to use public monies to provide full-time officers and their dependents with health insurance coverage. The surviving spouse of a deceased law enforcement officer is entitled to receive payment for health insurance premiums for the first year following the officer’s death if the officer died in the line of duty and was enrolled in the employer’s health insurance plan at the time of death. Dependents enrolled in the health insurance plan at the time of the officer’s death are also entitled to health insurance premium payments.
– Eliminates the limited payment period during which the surviving spouse and dependents may receive
health insurance payments.
– Requires that the surviving spouse or dependent be enrolled in either the employer’s health insurance
program or the state retirement system from which the surviving spouse or dependent is receiving
– Limits the amount payable to a surviving spouse or dependent as the amount an active law enforcement
officer would receive under the applicable premium, or the amount currently paid to the survivor,
whichever is greater.
– Requires payments to be discontinued if the dependent is no longer a dependent and if the surviving
spouse remarries, becomes Medicare eligible, or dies.
– Defines dependent a
Is under eighteen years old;
Is between eighteen and twenty-three years old during any period that the child is a full-time
Is under a disability that began before the child was twenty-three years old and remains a
dependent of the surviving spouse or a guardian.
– Expands definition of law enforcement officer to include firefighters and correction officers and
firefighters who work for the state through a contract with a private company.
– Contains an emergency clause.