DAR File No. 41373
This rule was published in the April 15, 2017, issue (Vol. 2017, No. 8) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Public Safety, Administration
Local Public Safety and Firefighter Surviving Spouse Trust Fund
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 41373
Filed: 03/16/2017 10:54:49 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The purpose of this change is to incorporate changes made by the Trust Fund Board.
Summary of the rule or change:
The amendments to this rule identify a new form type that needs to be submitted when an employer chooses to participate in the cost sharing agreement, clarify that the annual premium payment must be submitted with the cost sharing agreement, change the date future annual premium payments are due from January 31 to June 30, and remove requirement for notification of change of employment status of a member.
Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Subsection 53-17-301(5)
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
There is not an anticipated cost or savings to the state budget because the rule changes only clarify the process for an employer to participate in the cost sharing agreement.
There is not an anticipated cost or savings to local government because the rule changes only clarify the process for an employer to participate in the cost sharing agreement.
There is not an anticipated cost or savings to the small businesses because the rule changes only clarify the process for an employer to participate in the cost sharing agreement and don't have any impact on small businesses.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
There is not an anticipated cost or savings to the persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities, because the rule changes only clarify the process for an employer to participate in the cost sharing agreement.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
There is not an anticipated compliance cost for affected persons because the rule changes only clarify the process for an employer to participate in the cost sharing agreement.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
I have reviewed this rule change and find that the amendment will not have a fiscal impact on businesses.
Keith D. Squires, Commissioner
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Office of Administrative Rules, or at:Public Safety
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Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Kim Gibb at the above address, by phone at 801-556-8198, by FAX at 801-964-4482, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Keith Squires, Commissioner
R698. Public Safety, Administration.
R698-8. Local Public Safety and Firefighter Surviving Spouse Trust Fund.
The purpose of this rule is to establish procedures for implementation of the Public Safety Officer and Firefighter Line-of-Duty Death Act.
This rule is authorized by Section 53-17-301.
(1) The terms used in this rule are defined in Section 53-17-102.
(2) In addition:
(a) "department" means the Utah Department of Public Safety; and
(b) "participating agency" means an employer defined in Section 53-17-102 that has elected to participate in the trust fund.
R698-8-4. Participation Process.
(1) An employer that elects to participate in the trust fund shall submit
a cost sharing agreement form approved by the board[
no later than June 30, 2017.]
(2) The [
cost sharing agreement] shall be
addressed to the Commissioner's office of the Department of
Public Safety, Attn. Trust Fund
[ and shall contain the following:]
(a) the name, address and phone number of the employer;
(b) the name and title of each member to be included for
reimbursement from the trust fund;]
(c) the name, mailing address and
signature of the agency administrator completing the cost sharing
(d) the required annual premium amount as determined by the
R698-8-5. Annual Payment of Premiums.
(1) A participating agency shall continue to submit annual premium payments to the department in order to continue to participate in the trust fund.
(2) Annual premium payments shall be
submitted to the department no later than [
January 31st] of each year
(3) If a participating agency fails to submit a premium payment as required in this subsection, the department shall notify the agency administrator who completed the cost sharing agreement of the delinquency in premium payments.
(4) If after receipt of a delinquency notice the participating agency fails to submit the annual premium payment within 30 days of the date of the notice, the department shall:
(a) notify the agency administrator who completed the cost sharing agreement that the employer is no longer considered to be a participant in the trust fund; and
(b) include in the notice the total amount of premiums paid by the employer into the trust fund.
R698-8-5. Change of Employment Status of a Member or Agency
(1) In the event of a change of employment status of a
member or the agency administrator, the agency administrator shall
submit notice to the department on a form approved by the
. Reimbursement of Health Coverage Costs.
(1) In the event of a line-of-duty death of a member, a participating agency may receive reimbursement for payment of health coverage premiums and contributions made to a health savings account as described in Section 53-17-201.
(2) To receive reimbursement for payments described in Subsection (1), the participating agency shall submit to the department:
(a) a request for reimbursement on a form approved by the board upon initial request; and
(b) a copy of the statement provided by the group health plan that includes the participating agency's costs for coverage upon initial request and each month thereafter.
(3) The request for reimbursement form shall include:
(a) the name of the spouse for whom coverage is provided; and
(b) the name and date or birth for each child under the age of 26 for whom coverage is provided.
(4) If the member did not have a living spouse at the time of death, the request for reimbursement form shall include the name and date of birth for each child under the age of 26 for whom coverage is provided.
. Discontinuation of Reimbursement of Health Coverage
(1) In the event of the death of a spouse or child for whom coverage is provided under Section 53-17-201, the participating agency shall submit to the department:
(a) a form approved by the board that includes;
(i) the name of the spouse or child that is deceased;
(ii) the individual's date of birth; and
(iii) the date of the individual's death.
(2) Upon receipt of the form described in Subsection (1), the department shall discontinue reimbursement of health coverage costs from the trust fund for the deceased individual.
(3) If reimbursement is being paid from the trust fund for health coverage costs to an employer for a child under the age of 26, reimbursement will be automatically discontinued when the child reaches the age of 26.
KEY: line-of-duty death, cost sharing agreement, surviving spouse trust fund
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
February 24, 2016]
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 53-17
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