l994), amended LR 22:710 (August l996), amended LR 24:328(February 1998), LR 25:26 (January, 1999), LR 26:1019 (May 2000), LR 29:577 (April 2003), LR 31:1330 (June 2005), LR 32:242 (February 2006), LR:35:
Interested persons may submit written comments on this proposed Rule no later than November, at 5 p.m. to Bob Wertz, Criminal Justice Policy Planner, Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice, 1885 Wooddale Boulevard, Room 1230, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.
FISCAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT FOR ADMINISTRATIVE RULES
RULE TITLE: Eligibility for Reparations
I.ESTIMATED IMPLEMENTATION COSTS (SAVINGS) TO STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (Summary)
Implementation of the proposed rule will annually increase expenditures in statutorily dedicated funds from the Crime Victims Reparations Fund which is derived from costs levied in state criminal courts. The average award for funeral expenses for the previous four years was $73,500 and the costs in subsequent years will depend on the number of applicants. This rule will increase current limits for funeral expenses which can be made to eligible victims of violent crimes. Sufficient funds are available for the reparations fund to cover any possible expenditure at the state level.
II.ESTIMATED EFFECT ON REVENUE COLLECTIONS OF STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL UNITS (Summary)
Implementation of the proposed rule will increase revenue collections beginning in FY09. Based upon the amount expended of state dollars from the previous four years, it is estimated that the amount of revenue collections will increase approximately $44,100; however, the exact amount is unknown. The dollar amount of federal grant funding allotted annually to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement (LCLE) is contingent upon the dollar amount of state funds which the agency expends for crime victims in the preceding year; therefore, increased state expenditures will generate additional federal funding for the agency in the next fiscal year. Implementation of this rule should increase state expenditures beginning in FY 09, thereby increasing federal revenue collections beginning in FY10.
III.ESTIMATED COSTS AND/OR ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO DIRECTLY AFFECTED PERSONS OR NONGOVERNMENTAL GROUPS (Summary)
The proposed amendments will result in award increases for funeral expenses up to a maximum of $5,000 (raised from $4,500 to $5,000) to families of homicide victims of violent crimes. In addition, the rates for mental health costs are being raised an average of $5.00/per hr. for all mental health licensed service providers and small payment increase for psychological testing.
IV.ESTIMATED EFFECT ON COMPETITION AND EMPLOYMENT (Summary)
There is no effect on competition or employment in the public or private sector as a result of this proposed amendment
H. Gordon Monk
Legislative Fiscal Officer
Legislative Fiscal Office
NOTICE OF INTENT
Office of the Governor
Division of Administration
Office of Group Benefits
PPO and EPO Plans of Benefits Documentation of Dependents (LAC 32:III:301and V:301)
In accordance with the applicable provisions of R.S. 49:950 et seq., the Administrative Procedure Act, and pursuant to the authority granted by R.S. 42:801(C) and 802(B)(2), as amended and reenacted by Act 1178 of 2001, vesting the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) with the responsibility for administration of the programs of benefits authorized and provided pursuant to Chapter 12 of Title 42 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes, and granting the power to adopt and promulgate rules with respect thereto, OGB finds that it is necessary to revise and amend provisions of the PPO and EPO Plan Documents regarding dependent coverage to include the appropriate documentation of relationship to the employee/retiree member as a requirement of dependent eligibility.
Accordingly, OGB hereby gives Notice of Intent to adopt the following Rule to become effective upon promulgation.
Part III. Preferred Provider (PPO) Plan of Benefits
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Dependent―any of the following persons who (a) are enrolled for coverage as dependents by completing appropriate enrollment documents, if they are not also covered as an employee; and (b) whose relationship to the employee has been documented, as defined herein:
1. - 4.…
Dependent Coverage―plan benefits with respect to the employee's documented dependent(s) only.
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Documented (with respect to a dependent of an employee)―the following written proof of relationship to the employee has been presented for inspection and copying to OGB, or to a representative of the employee's participant employer designated by OGB:
1.the covered employee's legal spouse―certified copy of certificate of marriage indicating date and place of marriage;
2.never-married child under age 21 who is dependent on the employee for support―
a.natural or legally adopted child of plan member―certified copy of birth certificate listing plan member as parent or certified copy of legal acknowledgment of paternity signed by plan member or certified copy of adoption decree naming plan member as adoptive parent;
b.stepchild―certified copy of certificate of marriage to spouse and birth certificate listing spouse as natural or adoptive parent;
Louisiana Register Vol. 34, No. 10 October 20, 2008