2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
March 2, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Craig,
Kapenga, Lasee, Marklein, Nass,
Stroebel, Vukmir and Wanggaard, cosponsored by Representatives Jacque,
Tusler, Brandtjen, Allen, E. Brooks, R. Brooks, Duchow, Edming,
Horlacher, Hutton, Kleefisch, Kremer, Kulp, Loudenbeck, Murphy,
Petersen, Petryk, Quinn, Sanfelippo, Schraa, Skowronski, Steffen,
Thiesfeldt, Tittl and Wichgers. Referred to Committee on Insurance,
Housing and Trade.
1An Act to renumber
40.02 (1); to amend
40.03 (6) (a) and 40.03 (6) (b); and to
40.02 (1d), 40.03 (6) (m) and 40.56 of the statutes; relating to:
3prohibiting the group insurance board from contracting for or providing
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Group Insurance Board offers health insurance
coverage to eligible employees under the Wisconsin Retirement System, which
include all state employees and state annuitants and may include local government
employees if the local governmental unit elects to participate in a GIB health
insurance plan. This bill prohibits GIB from entering into any contract with respect
to a group health insurance plan or providing a group health insurance plan on a
self-insured basis that provides abortion services, with certain exceptions.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
40.02 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 40.02 (1m).
40.02 (1d) of the statutes is created to read:
“Abortion" has the meaning given in s. 253.10 (2) (a).
40.03 (6) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 1. Shall Except as provided in par. (m), shall
, on behalf of the state, 3
enter into a contract or contracts with one or more insurers authorized to transact 4
insurance business in this state for the purpose of providing the group insurance 5
plans provided for by this chapter; or
2. May Except as provided in par. (m), may
, wholly or partially in lieu of subd. 7
1., on behalf of the state, provide any group insurance plan on a self-insured basis 8
in which case the group insurance board shall approve a written description setting 9
forth the terms and conditions of the plan, and may contract directly with providers 10
of hospital, medical or ancillary services to provide insured employees with the 11
benefits provided under this chapter.
40.03 (6) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) May Except as provided in par. (m), may
provide other group 14
insurance plans for employees and their dependents and for annuitants and their 15
dependents in addition to the group insurance plans specifically provided under this 16
chapter. The terms of the group insurance under this paragraph shall be determined 17
by contract, and shall provide that the employer is not liable for any obligations 18
accruing from the operation of any group insurance plan under this paragraph 19
except as agreed to by the employer.
40.03 (6) (m) of the statutes is created to read:
(m) May not enter into, extend, modify, or renew any contract for a 22
group insurance plan or provide a group insurance plan or other benefit on a 23
self-insured basis that provides coverage or services for an abortion, the 24
performance of which is ineligible for funding under s. 20.927.
40.56 of the statutes is created to read:
140.56 Abortion coverage prohibited.
No abortion coverage or services, the 2
performance of which is ineligible for funding under s. 20.927, may be provided in 3
a health insurance plan or health care coverage plan offered under this subchapter.
The treatment of sections 40.02 (1) and (1d), 40.03 (6) (a), (b), and (m), and 6
40.56 of the statutes first applies to contracts for group health insurance plans that 7
are entered into, extended, modified, or renewed on the effective date of this 8