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EMPLOYMENT
(820 ILCS 320/) Public Safety Employee Benefits Act.

820 ILCS 320/1

    (820 ILCS 320/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act.
(Source: P.A. 90-535, eff. 11-14-97.)

820 ILCS 320/3

    (820 ILCS 320/3)
    Sec. 3. Definition. For the purposes of this Act, the term "firefighter" includes, without limitation, a licensed emergency medical technician (EMT) who is a sworn member of a public fire department.
(Source: P.A. 93-569, eff. 8-20-03.)

820 ILCS 320/5

    (820 ILCS 320/5)
    Sec. 5. Declaration of State interest. The General Assembly determines and declares that the provisions of this Act fulfill an important State interest.
(Source: P.A. 90-535, eff. 11-14-97.)

820 ILCS 320/10

    (820 ILCS 320/10)
    Sec. 10. Required health coverage benefits.
    (a) An employer who employs a full-time law enforcement, correctional or correctional probation officer, or firefighter, who, on or after the effective date of this Act suffers a catastrophic injury or is killed in the line of duty shall pay the entire premium of the employer's health insurance plan for the injured employee, the injured employee's spouse, and for each dependent child of the injured employee until the child reaches the age of majority or until the end of the calendar year in which the child reaches the age of 25 if the child continues to be dependent for support or the child is a full-time or part-time student and is dependent for support. The term "health insurance plan" does not include supplemental benefits that are not part of the basic group health insurance plan. If the injured employee subsequently dies, the employer shall continue to pay the entire health insurance premium for the surviving spouse until remarried and for the dependent children under the conditions established in this Section. However:
        (1) Health insurance benefits payable from any other
    
source shall reduce benefits payable under this Section.
        (2) It is unlawful for a person to willfully and
    
knowingly make, or cause to be made, or to assist, conspire with, or urge another to make, or cause to be made, any false, fraudulent, or misleading oral or written statement to obtain health insurance coverage as provided under this Section. A violation of this item is a Class A misdemeanor.
        (3) Upon conviction for a violation described in item
    
(2), a law enforcement, correctional or correctional probation officer, or other beneficiary who receives or seeks to receive health insurance benefits under this Section shall forfeit the right to receive health insurance benefits and shall reimburse the employer for all benefits paid due to the fraud or other prohibited activity. For purposes of this item, "conviction" means a determination of guilt that is the result of a plea or trial, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld.
    (b) In order for the law enforcement, correctional or correctional probation officer, firefighter, spouse, or dependent children to be eligible for insurance coverage under this Act, the injury or death must have occurred as the result of the officer's response to fresh pursuit, the officer or firefighter's response to what is reasonably believed to be an emergency, an unlawful act perpetrated by another, or during the investigation of a criminal act. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to limit health insurance coverage or pension benefits for which the officer, firefighter, spouse, or dependent children may otherwise be eligible.
(Source: P.A. 90-535, eff. 11-14-97.)

820 ILCS 320/15

    (820 ILCS 320/15)
    Sec. 15. Required educational benefits. If a firefighter, law enforcement, or correctional or correctional probation officer is accidentally or unlawfully and intentionally killed as specified in subsection (b) of Section 10 on or after July 1, 1980, the State shall waive certain educational expenses which children of the deceased incur while obtaining a vocational-technical certificate or an undergraduate education at a State supported institution. The amount waived by the State shall be an amount equal to the cost of tuition and matriculation and registration fees for a total of 120 credit hours. The child may attend a State vocational-technical school, a public community college, or a State university. The child may attend any or all of the institutions specified in this Section, on either a full-time or part-time basis. The benefits provided under this Section shall continue to the child until the child's 25th birthday.
        (1) Upon failure of any child benefited by the
    
provisions of this Section to comply with the ordinary and minimum requirements of the institution attended, both as to discipline and scholarship, the benefits shall be withdrawn as to the child and no further moneys may be expended for the child's benefits so long as the failure or delinquency continues.
        (2) Only a student in good standing in his or her
    
respective institution may receive the benefits under this Section.
        (3) A child receiving benefits under this Section
    
must be enrolled according to the customary rules and requirements of the institution attended.
(Source: P.A. 92-651, eff. 7-11-02.)

820 ILCS 320/17

    (820 ILCS 320/17)
    Sec. 17. Reporting forms.
    (a) A person who qualified for benefits under subsections (a) and (b) of Section 10 of this Act (hereinafter referred to as "PSEBA recipient") shall be required to file a form with his or her employer as prescribed in this Section. The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) shall use the form created in this Act and prescribe the content of the report in cooperation with one statewide labor organization representing police, one statewide law enforcement organization, one statewide labor organization representing firefighters employed by at least 100 municipalities in this State that is affiliated with the Illinois State Federation of Labor, one statewide labor organization representing correctional officers and parole agents that is affiliated with the Illinois State Federation of Labor, one statewide organization representing municipalities, and one regional organization representing municipalities. COGFA may accept comment from any source, but shall not be required to solicit public comment. Within 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly, COGFA shall remit a copy of the form contained in this subsection to all employers subject to this Act and shall make a copy available on its website.
 
        "PSEBA RECIPIENT REPORTING FORM:
        Under Section 17 of the Public Safety Employee
    
Benefits Act (820 ILCS 320/17), the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) is charged with creating and submitting a report to the Governor and the General Assembly setting forth information regarding recipients and benefits payable under the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (Act). The Act requires employers providing PSEBA benefits to distribute this form to any former peace officer, firefighter, or correctional officer currently in receipt of PSEBA benefits.
        The responses to the questions below will be used by
    
COGFA to compile information regarding the PSEBA benefit for its report. The Act prohibits the release of any personal information concerning the PSEBA recipient and exempts the reported information from the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
        The Act requires the PSEBA recipient to complete this
    
form and submit it to the employer providing PSEBA benefits within 60 days of receipt. If the PSEBA recipient fails to submit this form within 60 days of receipt, the employer is required to notify the PSEBA recipient of non-compliance and provide an additional 30 days to submit the required form. Failure to submit the form in a timely manner will result in the PSEBA recipient incurring responsibility for reimbursing the employer for premiums paid during the period the form is due and not filed.
            (1) PSEBA recipient's name:
            (2) PSEBA recipient's date of birth:
            (3) Name of the employer providing PSEBA
        
benefits:
            (4) Date the PSEBA benefit first became payable:
            (5) What was the medical diagnosis of the injury
        
that qualified you for the PSEBA benefit?
            (6) Are you currently employed with compensation?
            (7) If so, what is the name(s) of your current
        
employer(s)?
            (8) Are you or your spouse enrolled in a health
        
insurance plan provided by your current employer or another source?
            (9) Have you or your spouse been offered or
        
provided access to health insurance from your current employer(s)?
        If you answered yes to question 8 or 9, please
    
provide the name of the employer, the name of the insurance provider(s), and a general description of the type(s) of insurance offered (HMO, PPO, HSA, etc.):
            (10) Are you or your spouse enrolled in a health
        
insurance plan provided by a current employer of your spouse?
            (11) Have you or your spouse been offered or
        
provided access to health insurance provided by a current employer of your spouse?
        If you answered yes to question 10 or 11, please
    
provide the name of the employer, the name of the insurance provider, and a general description of the type of insurance offered (HMO, PPO, HSA, etc.) by an employer of your spouse:"

 
    COFGA shall notify an employer of its obligation to notify any PSEBA recipient receiving benefits under this Act of that recipient's obligation to file a report under this Section. A PSEBA recipient receiving benefits under this Act must complete and return this form to the employer within 60 days of receipt of such form. Any PSEBA recipient who has been given notice as provided under this Section and who fails to timely file a report under this Section within 60 days after receipt of this form shall be notified by the employer that he or she has 30 days to submit the report or risk incurring the cost of his or her benefits provided under this Act. An employer may seek reimbursement for premium payments for a PSEBA recipient who fails to file this report with the employer 30 days after receiving this notice. The PSEBA recipient is responsible for reimbursing the employer for premiums paid during the period the report is due and not filed. Employers shall return this form to COGFA within 30 days after receiving the form from the PSEBA recipient.
    Any information collected by the employer under this Section shall be exempt from the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act except for data collected in the aggregate that does not reveal any personal information concerning the PSEBA recipient.
    By July 1 of every odd-numbered year, beginning in 2015, employers subject to this Act must send the form contained in this subsection to all PSEBA recipients eligible for benefits under this Act. The PSEBA recipient must complete and return this form by September 1 of that year. Any PSEBA recipient who has been given notice as provided under this Section and who fails to timely file a completed form under this Section within 60 days after receipt of this form shall be notified by the employer that he or she has 30 days to submit the form or risk incurring the costs of his or her benefits provided under this Act. The PSEBA recipient is responsible for reimbursing the employer for premiums paid during the period the report is due and not filed. The employer shall resume premium payments upon receipt of the completed form. Employers shall return this form to COGFA within 30 days after receiving the form from the PSEBA recipient.
    (b) An employer subject to this Act shall complete and file the form contained in this subsection.
 
        "EMPLOYER SUBJECT TO PSEBA REPORTING FORM:
        Under Section 17 of the Public Safety Employee
    
Benefits Act (820 ILCS 320/17), the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) is charged with creating and submitting a report to the Governor and General Assembly setting forth information regarding recipients and benefits payable under the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (Act).
        The responses to the questions below will be used by
    
COGFA to compile information regarding the PSEBA benefit for its report.
        The Act requires all employers subject to the PSEBA
    
Act to submit the following information within 120 days after receipt of this form.
            (1) Name of the employer:
            (2) The number of PSEBA benefit applications
        
filed under the Act during the reporting period provided in the aggregate and listed individually by name of applicant and date of application:
            (3) The number of PSEBA benefits and names of
        
PSEBA recipients receiving benefits awarded under the Act during the reporting period provided in the aggregate and listed individually by name of applicant and date of application:
            (4) The cost of the health insurance premiums
        
paid due to PSEBA benefits awarded under the Act during the reporting period provided in the aggregate and listed individually by name of PSEBA recipient:
            (5) The number of PSEBA benefit applications
        
filed under the Act since the inception of the Act provided in the aggregate and listed individually by name of applicant and date of application:
            (6) The number of PSEBA benefits awarded under
        
the Act since the inception of the Act provided in the aggregate and listed individually by name of applicant and date of application:
            (7) The cost of health insurance premiums paid
        
due to PSEBA benefits awarded under the Act since the inception of the Act provided in the aggregate and listed individually by name of PSEBA recipient:
            (8) The current annual cost of health insurance
        
premiums paid for PSEBA benefits awarded under the Act provided in the aggregate and listed individually by name of PSEBA recipient:
            (9) The annual cost of health insurance premiums
        
paid for PSEBA benefits awarded under the Act listed by year since the inception of the Act provided in annual aggregate amounts and listed individually by name of PSEBA recipient:
            (10) A description of health insurance benefit
        
levels currently provided by the employer to the PSEBA recipient:
            (11) The total cost of the monthly health
        
insurance premium currently provided to the PSEBA recipient:
            (12) The other costs of the health insurance
        
benefit currently provided to the PSEBA recipient including, but not limited to:
                (i) the co-pay requirements of the health
            
insurance policy provided to the PSEBA recipient;
                (ii) the out-of-pocket deductibles of the
            
health insurance policy provided to the PSEBA recipient;
                (iii) any pharmaceutical benefits and co-pays
            
provided in the insurance policy; and
                (iv) any policy limits of the health
            
insurance policy provided to the PSEBA recipient."

 
    An employer covered under this Act shall file copies of the PSEBA Recipient Reporting Form and the Employer Subject to the PSEBA Act Reporting Form with COGFA within 120 days after receipt of the Employer Subject to the PSEBA Act Reporting Form.
    The first form filed with COGFA under this Section shall contain all information required by this Section. All forms filed by the employer thereafter shall set forth the required information for the 24-month period ending on June 30 preceding the deadline date for filing the report.
    Whenever possible, communication between COGFA and employers as required by this Act shall be through electronic means.
    (c) For the purpose of creating the report required under subsection (d), upon receipt of each PSEBA Benefit Recipient Form, or as soon as reasonably practicable, COGFA shall make a determination of whether the PSEBA benefit recipient or the PSEBA benefit recipient's spouse meets one of the following criteria:
        (1) the PSEBA benefit recipient or the PSEBA benefit
    
recipient's spouse is receiving health insurance from a current employer, a current employer of his or her spouse, or another source;
        (2) the PSEBA benefit recipient or the PSEBA benefit
    
recipient's spouse has been offered or provided access to health insurance from a current employer or employers.
    If one or both of the criteria are met, COGFA shall make the following determinations of the associated costs and benefit levels of health insurance provided or offered to the PSEBA benefit recipient or the PSEBA benefit recipient's spouse:
        (A) a description of health insurance benefit levels
    
offered to or received by the PSEBA benefit recipient or the PSEBA benefit recipient's spouse from a current employer or a current employer of the PSEBA benefit recipient's spouse;
        (B) the monthly premium cost of health insurance
    
benefits offered to or received by the PSEBA benefit recipient or the PSEBA benefit recipient's spouse from a current employer or a current employer of the PSEBA benefit recipient's spouse including, but not limited to:
            (i) the total monthly cost of the health
        
insurance premium;
            (ii) the monthly amount of the health insurance
        
premium to be paid by the employer;
            (iii) the monthly amount of the health insurance
        
premium to be paid by the PSEBA benefit recipient or the PSEBA benefit recipient's spouse;
            (iv) the co-pay requirements of the health
        
insurance policy;
            (v) the out-of-pocket deductibles of the health
        
insurance policy;
            (vi) any pharmaceutical benefits and co-pays
        
provided in the insurance policy;
            (vii) any policy limits of the health insurance
        
policy.
    COGFA shall summarize the related costs and benefit levels of health insurance provided or available to the PSEBA benefit recipient or the PSEBA benefit recipient's spouse and contrast the results to the cost and benefit levels of health insurance currently provided by the employer subject to this Act. This information shall be included in the report required in subsection (d).
    (d) By June 1, 2014, and by January 1 of every even-numbered year thereafter beginning in 2016, COGFA shall submit a report to the Governor and the General Assembly setting forth the information received under subsections (a) and (b). The report shall aggregate data in such a way as to not reveal the identity of any single beneficiary. The requirement for reporting to the General Assembly shall be satisfied by filing copies of the report with the Speaker, Minority Leader, and Clerk of the House of Representatives, the President, Minority Leader, and Secretary of the Senate, the Legislative Research Unit as required under Section 3.1 of the General Assembly Organization Act, and the State Government Report Distribution Center for the General Assembly as required under paragraph (t) of Section 7 of the State Library Act. COGFA shall make this report available electronically on a publicly accessible website.
(Source: P.A. 98-561, eff. 8-27-13.)

820 ILCS 320/20

    (820 ILCS 320/20)
    Sec. 20. Home rule. An employer, including a home rule unit, that employs a full-time law enforcement, correctional or correctional probation officer, or firefighter may not provide benefits to persons covered under this Act in a manner inconsistent with the requirements of this Act. This Act is a limitation under subsection (i) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution on the concurrent exercise of powers and functions exercised by the State.
(Source: P.A. 90-535, eff. 11-14-97.)

820 ILCS 320/95

    (820 ILCS 320/95)
    Sec. 95. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 90-535, eff. 11-14-97; text omitted.)

820 ILCS 320/99

    (820 ILCS 320/99)
    Sec. 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 90-535, eff. 11-14-97.)