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File #: 50919    Version: Name: Domestic partner health insurance stipend
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 3/13/2018 In control: FINANCE COMMITTEE
On agenda: 4/10/2018 Final action: 4/10/2018
Enactment date: 4/24/2018 Enactment #: ORD-18-00040
Title: SUBSTITUTE Creating Section 3.54(25)(b) and renumbering current Section 3.54(25)(b) to (c) of the Madison General Ordinances to provide a stipend to offset the cost of qualifying domestic partner health insurance.
Sponsors: Paul R. Soglin, Michael E. Verveer
Attachments: 1. Version 1
Fiscal Note
The 2018 Adopted Budget includes $250,000 to provide health insurance benefits for domestic partnerships. In 2018 these funds are budgeted centrally and will be distributed to agency budgets throughout the year based on actual expenditures. At the time of budget considerations in the fall of 2017, 86 employees were receiving this benefit.
Title
SUBSTITUTE Creating Section 3.54(25)(b) and renumbering current Section 3.54(25)(b) to (c) of the Madison General Ordinances to provide a stipend to offset the cost of qualifying domestic partner health insurance.
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DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: : Wisconsin enacted 2017 Wisconsin Act 59 (“Act 59) on September 21, 2017 which went into effect on January 1, 2018. Act 50 included a revision to §40.51(2m)(a) of the Wisconsin Statutes prohibiting a domestic partner of an eligible employee or a stepchild of a current domestic partnership from coverage under the group health insurance plan administered by Employee Trust Funds. The City previously provided a stipend before Employee Trust Funds covered domestic partnerships under the group health insurance. Now that the State is no longer covering domestic partners, the City is reinstating the stipend.
This substitute was necessary to strike the last sentence in newly created Sec. 3.54(25)(b).

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The Common Council of the City of Madison do hereby ordain as follows:


1. Subdivision (b) of Subsection (25) entitled “Health Insurance” of Section 3.54 entitled “Compensation Plan” of the Madison General Ordinances is created to read as follows:

“(b) The City will provide a stipend to qualifying employees to offset the cost of a qualifying domestic partner obtaining health insurance coverage outside of the City of Madison’s group health insurance program. The stipend will be equal to the amount of the premium paid by the employee’s qualified domestic partner not to exceed the difference bet...

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