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Title VIII PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES, BONDS AND RECORDS

Chapter 104

Effective - 28 Aug 2004 bottom

  104.110.  Disability benefits, who entitled, how calculated, terminated when — medical examination required, when — proof of application for Social Security benefits — death benefit, not payable, when — board to establish definitions — annuity benefits, accrual, election — death benefit, eligibility, when — disability and death benefits payable, when. — 1.  Any employee, regardless of the length of time of creditable service, who is affirmatively found by the board to be wholly incapable of performing the duties of the employee's or any other position in the employee's department for which the employee is suited, shall be entitled to receive disability benefits.  The disability benefit provided by this subsection shall equal one and six-tenths percent of the employee's average compensation multiplied by the number of years of creditable service of the member.  Effective September 1, 2003, no employee is eligible for or shall request or apply for the disability benefit provided pursuant to this subsection.

  2.  Any uniformed member of the highway patrol, highway patrol employee or department of transportation employee, regardless of the length of time of creditable service, who is found by the board to be disabled as a result of injuries incurred in the performance of the employee's duties, shall be entitled to receive an initial disability benefit in an amount equal to seventy percent of the compensation that the employee was receiving on the date preceding the date of disability; provided, however, that the amount of the disability benefit, plus any primary Social Security disability benefits received by such member shall not exceed ninety percent of the monthly compensation such member was receiving on the date preceding the date of disability.

  3.  Any disability benefits payable pursuant to this section shall be decreased by any amount paid to such member for periodic disability benefits by reason of the workers' compensation laws of this state.  After termination of payment under workers' compensation, however, disability benefits shall be paid in the amount required by subsections 1, 2, 7, and 9 of this section.

  4.  The board of trustees may require a medical examination of a disabled member at any time by a designated physician, and benefits shall be discontinued if the board finds that such member is able to perform the duties of the member's former position or if such member refuses to submit to a medical examination.  Any employee who applies for disability benefits provided pursuant to this section shall provide medical certification acceptable to the board which shall include the date the disability commenced and the expected duration of the disability.

  5.  Any employee who applies for disability benefits pursuant to subsections 2 and 7 of this section shall provide proof of application for Social Security disability benefits.  If Social Security disability benefits are denied, the employee shall also provide proof that the employee has requested reconsideration, and upon denial of the reconsideration, that an appeal process is prosecuted.

  6.  The disability benefits provided in this section shall not be paid to any member who retains or regains earning capacity as determined by the board.  If a member who has been receiving disability benefits again becomes an employee, the member's disability benefits shall be discontinued.

  7.  The board shall also provide or contract for long-term disability benefits for those members whose disability exists or is diagnosed as being of such nature as to exist for more than one year.  The benefits provided or contracted for pursuant to this subsection shall be in lieu of any other benefit provided in this section.  The eligibility requirements, benefit period and amount of the disability benefits provided pursuant to this subsection shall be established by the board.

  8.  Definitions of disability and other rules and procedures necessary for administration of the disability benefits provided pursuant to this section shall be established by the board.

  9.  Any member receiving disability benefits pursuant to subsections 1 and 2 of this section shall receive the same cost-of-living increases as granted to retired members pursuant to section 104.103.

  10.  The state highways and transportation commission shall contribute the same amount as provided for all state employees for any person receiving disability benefits pursuant to subsection 2 of this section for medical insurance provided pursuant to section 104.270.

  11.  Any member who qualified for disability benefits pursuant to subsection 2 or subsection 7 of this section shall continue to accrue normal annuity benefits based on the member's rate of pay immediately prior to the date the member became disabled in accordance with sections 104.090 and 104.615 as in effect on the earlier of the date the member reaches normal retirement age or the date normal annuity payments commence.

  12.  A member who continues to be disabled as provided in subsection 2 or subsection 7 of this section shall continue to accrue creditable service until the member reaches normal retirement age.  The maximum benefits period for benefits pursuant to subsections 2 and 7 of this section shall be established by the board.  A member who is eligible to retire and does retire while receiving disability benefits pursuant to subsections 2 and 7 of this section shall receive the greater of the normal annuity or the minimum annuity determined pursuant to sections 104.090 and 104.615, as if the member had continued in the active employ of the employer until the member's normal retirement age and the member's compensation for such period had been the member's rate of pay immediately preceding the date the member became disabled.

  13.  Any member who was receiving disability benefits from the board prior to August 28, 1997, or any member who has submitted an application for disability benefits before August 28, 1997, and would have been eligible to receive benefits pursuant to the eligibility requirements which were applicable at the time of application shall be eligible to receive or shall continue to receive benefits in accordance with such prior eligibility requirements until the member again becomes an employee.

  14.  Any member receiving disability benefits pursuant to subsection 1, subsection 2 or subsection 7 of this section shall be eligible to receive death benefits pursuant to the provisions of subsection 1 of section 104.140.  The death benefits provided pursuant to this subsection shall be in lieu of the death benefits available to the member pursuant to subsection 2 of section 104.140.

  15.  The board is authorized to contract for benefits in lieu of the benefits provided pursuant to this section.

  16.  To the extent that the board enters or has entered into any contract with any insurer or service organization to provide the disability benefits provided for pursuant to this section:

  (1)  The obligation to provide such disability benefits shall be primarily that of the insurer or service organization and secondarily that of the board;

  (2)  Any employee who has been denied disability benefits by the insurer or service organization and has exhausted all appeal procedures provided by the insurer or service organization may appeal such decision by filing a petition against the insurer or service organization in a court of law in the employee's county of residence; and

  (3)  The board and the system shall not be liable for the disability benefits provided by an insurer or service organization pursuant to this section and shall not be subject to any cause of action with regard to disability benefits or the denial of disability benefits by the insurer or service organization unless the employee has obtained judgment against the insurer or service organization for disability benefits and the insurer or service organization is unable to satisfy that judgment.

  17.  An employee may elect to waive the receipt of any disability benefit provided for pursuant to this section at any time.

  18.  Any member receiving disability benefits pursuant to subsections 1 and 2 of this section shall be eligible for a death benefit of five thousand dollars in addition to any benefits under subsection 14 of this section.

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(L. 1955 p. 718 § 20, A.L. 1961 p. 542, A.L. 1969 p. 174, A.L. 1972 S.B. 650, A.L. 1976 H.B. 1211, A.L. 1979 H.B. 36, A.L. 1984 H.B. 1370, A.L. 1986 H.B. 1496, A.L. 1988 H.B. 1643 & 1399, A.L. 1995 H.B. 416, et al., A.L. 1997 H.B. 817 merged with S.B. 389, A.L. 2002 H.B. 1455, A.L. 2003 S.B. 248, et al., A.L. 2004 H.B. 1440)


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