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820 ILCS 320/10
(820 ILCS 320/10)
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.
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.
(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.)