Bill No.: HB0046 Drafter: IDS

 

LSO No.: 09LSO-0119 Effective Date: 7/1/2009

 

Enrolled Act No.: HEA0091

 

Chapter No.: 177

 

Prime Sponsor: Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Interim Committee

 

Catch Title: National guard health care provider retention program.

 

Subject: National guard

 

Summary/Major Elements:

The act creates the national guard health care provider retention program, which pays a portion of medical malpractice insurance premiums for health care providers who serve in the national guard. The act:

         Provides a one-time reimbursement for medical malpractice premiums paid by a qualifying health care provider who, after July 1, 2009, enters into a 2 year or 4 year service contract with the Guard.

         For health care providers signing a 2 year service contract, the maximum benefit is 50% of the total cost of malpractice insurance premiums paid during the most recent calendar year in the term of the initial service contract, and in no event more than $15,000.00.

         For health care providers signing a 4 year service contract, the maximum benefit is 100% of the total cost of malpractice insurance premiums paid during the most recent calendar year in the term of the initial service contract, and in no event more than $30,000.00.

         The premium is paid directly to the insurer and applied toward the health care provider's malpractice insurance at the execution of their service contract.

         To be eligible to participate, a health care provider must be:

         A Wyoming resident.

         A physician, dentist or optometrist licensed to practice in Wyoming and currently an officer in good standing, or fulfilling the requirements to become an officer.

         Requires repayment of benefits received if the medical professional ceases to be qualified. The adjutant general may promulgate rules waiving or suspending repayment obligations.

         Creates the national guard health care provider retention account.

         Appropriates funds to operate the program.

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