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S.F. No. 336 - State Employees Assaulted by Inmates and Patients Health Insurance Coverage - the First Engrossment
Author: Senator Kathy Sheran
Prepared By: Stephanie James, Senate Counsel (651/296-0103)
Date: February 23, 2015


Background:  In 2014, a law was enacted to require the state to pay the employer contribution for health and dental benefits under the State Employee Group Insurance Program (SEGIP) for certain employees of the Department of Corrections who were assaulted in correctional facilities and who were disabled.

Section 1 [Insurance Contributions; Former Employees] makes three broad changes to this law. First, this section makes clear that this benefit applies only when the qualifying disability directly results from an assault while the employee was employed. Second, this section expands the application of this benefit by making it available to employees assaulted by a person under correctional supervision for a criminal offense, not merely to an employee assaulted by someone in a correctional facility.  Third, this section expands the application of this benefit to employees assaulted by a client or patient at the Minnesota sex offender program or a state-operated forensic services program. 

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