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
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.