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(122nd General Assembly)(Amended Substitute House Bill Number 212)
To enact section 124.823 of the Revised Code to require the Department of
Administrative Services to establish a medical
savings account program
available to certain state
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:
SECTION 1 . That section 124.823 of the Revised Code be enacted
to read as follows:
Sec. 124.823. The department of administrative services shall establish a
pilot program under which it includes medical savings accounts as part of
any package of health care benefit options offered to state employees and
state elected officials paid by
warrant of the auditor of state. Except for the
provisions in divisions (A) and (B) of section 3924.64 of
the Revised Code concerning designation of an administrator,
a medical savings account established as part of the program is subject to
sections 3924.64 to 3924.74 of the Revised Code.
is not required to offer the medical savings account option to any state
employee who is covered under a collective bargaining agreement entered into
pursuant to Chapter 4117. Of the Revised Code, but a medical savings account option
may be part of a package of health care benefit options offered pursuant to a
collective bargaining agreement. The department may limit enrollment in the
medical savings account program and may require state employees enrolled in it
contribute to their medical savings accounts. The department
shall make both individual and family coverage available through the accounts.
The program shall not increase the cost of providing health insurance to
state employees. The department may end the program at any time not sooner
than two years after it is established, except that the department may not end
the program prior to providing six months' notice to the speaker of the house
of representatives, president of the senate, minority leader of the house and
minority leader of the senate, and the chairs of the standing
committees of the senate and house of representatives with primary
responsibility for health and insurance legislation.
A state employee who
chooses the medical savings account option shall have any state
health, medical, hospital, dental, surgical, and vision benefits
for which the employee is eligible provided through the medical
savings account. The department, under section 124.81 or 124.82
of the Revised
Code, shall contract for or
otherwise provide a high-deductible policy or
contract through which those benefits can be paid.
The employee for whom a medical
savings account is opened shall at the time the account is opened choose an
administrator from a list of administrators designated by the department, one
of which may be the insurer from which the department purchases the
high-deductible policy or contract. If
the employee fails to choose an administrator, the department shall designate
If an elected state official whose term commenced prior to the
establishment of the program elects to participate in the medical savings
account program, participation shall commence at the beginning of the term
following establishment of the program.