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2011 House Bill 4087: End post-retirement health coverage for new legislators

Public Act 200 of 2011

  1. Introduced by Rep. Joel Johnson (R) on January 18, 2011, to end the post-retirement health care insurance coverage provided to legislators, but only for those elected after November 1, 2010. Under current law, former legislators who have served six years get full health coverage beginning at age 55. Note: In the past decade 26 bills have been introduced to end or reduce this benefit, and different versions have passed the House and Senate five times, but never the same version.
    • Referred to the House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics Committee on January 18, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on June 15, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on June 22, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that repeals the benefit for those who first took office on or after Jan. 1, 2007. Reportedly, just eight current lawmakers will still qualify under the House-passed bill (Sens. Anderson, Green, Jansen, Pappageorge, Richardville, Robertson and Whitmer, and Rep. Jud Gilbert). The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 22, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on June 22, 2011, to repeal the benefit for all current legislators. Reportedly, eight current lawmakers will still qualify under the House-passed bill (Sens. Anderson, Green, Jansen, Pappageorge, Richardville, Robertson and Whitmer, and Rep. Jud Gilbert). The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 22, 2011.
  2. Passed 107 to 3 in the House on June 23, 2011, to end the post-retirement health care insurance coverage provided to legislators, but only for those who first took office on or after Jan. 1, 2007. (Reportedly, just eight current lawmakers would still be eligible.) Under current law, former legislators who have served six years get full health coverage beginning at age 55. Note: In the past decade 26 bills have been introduced to end or reduce this benefit, and different versions have passed the House and Senate five times, but never the same version.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on June 28, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee on June 28, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on October 6, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on October 5, 2011, to adopt a version of the bill that would eliminate the retirement benefits for any legislators who have not completed at least six years in the legislature before January 1, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 5, 2011.
  4. Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on October 5, 2011, to end the post-retirement health care insurance coverage provided to legislators, but only for those who have not completed at least six years in the legislature before January 1, 2013. Reportedly, this means 36 out of 38 Senators would still get the benefits, plus 14 out of 109 currently in the House. Under current law, former legislators who have served six years get full health coverage beginning at age 55.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on October 5, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Chuck Moss (R) on October 6, 2011, to exclude more current legislators from the benefits by moving the deadline to an earlier date. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on October 6, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on October 6, 2011, to exclude more current legislators from the benefits by moving the deadline to an earlier date. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on October 6, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Douglas Geiss (D) on October 6, 2011, to limit the benefits to legislators who have 30 years of service. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on October 6, 2011.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on October 6, 2011, to eliminate the benefit for all current legislators. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on October 6, 2011.
  6. Passed 96 to 11 in the House on October 6, 2011, to end the post-retirement health care insurance coverage provided to legislators, but only for those who have not completed at least six years in the legislature before January 1, 2013. Reportedly, this means 36 out of 38 Senators would still get the benefits, plus 14 out of 109 current House members. Under current law, former legislators who have served six years get full health coverage beginning at age 55.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on October 18, 2011.

Comments

Re: 2011 House Bill 4087 (End post-retirement health coverage for new legislators )  by ArmandoN on March 17, 2013 
People should have all their health care costs covered even they retire from the work field. This is a basic right of all citizens that have payed fees and tax to the country. It is no such thing as one having to cover himself for some nighthawk radiology medical tests or medical investigation since he has been contributing to the medical public budget. Am I right?

Re: 2011 House Bill 4087 (End post-retirement health coverage for new legislators )  by ArmandoN on March 17, 2013 
Senate Bill 644: Shift business tax break/subsidy dollars. Passed 35-3 in the Senate. To authorize using money appropriated for the “21st Century Jobs Fund” business subsidy program to instead pay for the corporate and real estate developer subsidies proposed by Senate Bill 567.

Re: 2011 House Bill 4087 (End post-retirement health coverage for new legislators )  by ArmandoN on March 17, 2013 
House Bill 4087: End retired legislator health benefits. Passed 37-1 in the Senate. To end the post-retirement health care insurance coverage provided to legislators, but only for those who have not completed at least six years in the legislature by Jan. 1, 2013. Reportedly, this means 36 out of 38 senators would still get the benefits, plus 14 out of 109 currently in the House. Under current law, former legislators who have served six years get full health coverage beginning at age 55.

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