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252.17

252.17 Medical leave premium subsidies.

252.17(1)

(1) Definitions. In this section:

252.17(1)(a)

(a) "Group health plan" has the meaning given in s. 252.16 (1) (b).

252.17(1)(d)

(d) "Medical leave" means medical leave under s. 103.10.

252.17(1)(e)

(e) "Residence" has the meaning given in s. 252.16 (1) (e).

252.17(2)

(2) Subsidy program. The department shall establish and administer a program to subsidize, as provided in s. 252.16 (2), the premium costs for coverage under a group health plan that are paid by an individual who has HIV infection and who is on unpaid medical leave from his or her employment because of an illness or medical condition arising from or related to HIV infection.

252.17(3)

(3) Eligibility. An individual is eligible to receive a subsidy in an amount determined under sub. (4), if the department determines that the individual meets all of the following criteria:

252.17(3)(a)

(a) Has residence in this state.

252.17(3)(b)

(b) Has a family income, as defined by rule under sub. (6), that does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty line, as defined under 42 USC 9902 (2), for a family the size of the individual's family.

252.17(3)(c)

(c) Has submitted to the department a certification from a physician, as defined in s. 448.01 (5), or advanced practice nurse prescriber of all of the following:

252.17(3)(c)1.

1. That the individual has an infection that is an HIV infection.

252.17(3)(c)2.

2. That the individual is on unpaid medical leave from his or her employment because of an illness or medical condition arising from or related to the individual's HIV infection or because of medical treatment or supervision for such an illness or medical condition.

252.17(3)(d)

(d) Is covered under a group health plan through his or her employment and pays part or all of the premium for that coverage, including any premium for coverage of the individual's spouse or domestic partner under ch. 770 and dependents.

252.17(3)(e)

(e) Authorizes the department, in writing, to do all of the following:

252.17(3)(e)1.

1. Contact the individual's employer or the administrator of the group health plan under which the individual is covered, to verify the individual's medical leave, group health plan coverage and the premium and any other conditions of coverage, to make premium payments as provided in sub. (4) and for other purposes related to the administration of this section.

252.17(3)(e)2.

2. Make any necessary disclosure to the individual's employer or the administrator of the group health plan under which the individual is covered regarding the individual's HIV status.

252.17(3)(f)

(f) Is not covered by a group health plan other than any of the following:

252.17(3)(f)1.

1. The group health plan under par. (d).

252.17(3)(f)2.

2. A group health plan that offers a substantial reduction in covered health care services from the group health plan under subd. 1.

252.17(3)(g)

(g) Is not covered by an individual health insurance policy other than an individual health insurance policy that offers a substantial reduction in covered health care services from the group health plan under par. (d).

252.17(3)(h)

(h) Is not eligible for medicare under 42 USC 1395 to 1395zz.

252.17(3)(i)

(i) Does not have escrowed under s. 103.10 (9) (c) an amount sufficient to pay the individual's required contribution to his or her premium payments.

252.17(4)

(4) Amount and period of subsidy.

252.17(4)(a)

(a) Except as provided in pars. (b), (c), and (d), if an individual satisfies sub. (3), the department shall pay the amount of each premium payment for coverage under the group health plan under sub. (3) (d) that is due from the individual on or after the date on which the individual becomes eligible for a subsidy under sub. (3). The department may not refuse to pay the full amount of the individual's contribution to each premium payment because the coverage that is provided to the individual who satisfies sub. (3) includes coverage of the individual's spouse or domestic partner under ch. 770 and dependents. Except as provided in par. (b), the department shall terminate the payments under this section when the individual's unpaid medical leave ends, when the individual no longer satisfies sub. (3) or upon the expiration of 29 months after the unpaid medical leave began, whichever occurs first.

252.17(4)(b)

(b) The obligation of the department to make payments under this section is subject to the availability of funds in the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (1) (am).

252.17(4)(c)

(c) If an individual who satisfies sub. (3) has an amount escrowed under s. 103.10 (9) (c) that is insufficient to pay the individual's required contribution to his or her premium payments, the amount paid under par. (a) may not exceed the individual's required contribution for the duration of the payments under this section as determined under par. (a) minus the amount escrowed.

252.17(4)(d)

(d) For an individual who satisfies sub. (3) and who has a family income, as defined by rule under sub. (6) (a), that exceeds 200% but does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty line, as defined under 42 USC 9902 (2), for a family the size of the individual's family, the department shall pay a portion of the amount of each premium payment for the individual's coverage under the group health plan under sub. (3) (d). The portion that the department pays shall be determined according to a schedule established by the department by rule under sub. (6) (c). The department shall pay the portion of the premium determined according to the schedule regardless of whether the individual's coverage under the group health plan under sub. (3) (d) includes coverage of the individual's spouse or domestic partner under ch. 770 and dependents.

252.17(5)

(5) Application process. The department may establish, by rule, a procedure under which an individual who does not satisfy sub. (3) (b) or (c) 2. may submit to the department an application for a premium subsidy under this section that the department shall hold until the individual satisfies each requirement of sub. (3), if the department determines that the procedure will assist the department to make premium payments in a timely manner once the individual satisfies each requirement of sub. (3). If an application is submitted by an individual under a procedure established by rule under this subsection, the department may not contact the individual's employer or the administrator of the group health plan under which the individual is covered, unless the individual authorizes the department, in writing, to make that contact and to make any necessary disclosure to the individual's employer or the administrator of the group health plan under which the individual is covered regarding the individual's HIV status.

252.17(6)

(6) Rules. The department shall promulgate rules that do all of the following:

252.17(6)(a)

(a) Define family income for purposes of sub. (3) (b).

252.17(6)(b)

(b) Establish a procedure for making payments under this section that ensures that the payments are actually used to pay premiums for group health plan coverage available to individuals who satisfy sub. (3).

252.17(6)(c)

(c) Establish a premium contribution schedule for individuals who have a family income, as defined by rule under par. (a), that exceeds 200% but does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty line, as defined under 42 USC 9902 (2), for a family the size of the individual's family. In establishing the schedule under this paragraph, the department shall take into consideration both income level and family size.

252.17 - ANNOT.

History: 1991 a. 269; 1993 a. 16 ss. 2589, 2590; 1993 a. 27 ss. 390 to 394; Stats. 1993 s. 252.17; 1993 a. 491; 1997 a. 27; 1999 a. 103; 2005 a. 187; 2009 a. 28.

252.17 - ANNOT.

Cross Reference: See also ch. DHS 138, Wis. adm. code.