HISTORICAL NOTE:Promulgated by the Office of the Governor, Division of Administration, Office of Group Benefits, LR 25:1820 (October 1999), amended by the Office of the Governor, Division of Administration, Office of Group Benefits, LR 29:335 (March 2003), LR 32:1866 (October 2006), LR 35:
Family Impact Statement
The proposed Rule has no known impact on family formation, stability, or autonomy, except as follows: The proposed Rule will provide require documentation of relationship to the employee as a prerequisite to eligibility for dependent coverage.
Interested persons may present their views, in writing, to Tommy D. Teague, Chief Executive Officer, Office of Group Benefits, Box 44036, Baton Rouge, LA 70804, until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 24, 2008.
Tommy D. Teague
Chief Executive Officer
FISCAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT FOR ADMINISTRATIVE RULES
RULE TITLE: PPO and EPO Plans of Benefits Documentation of Dependents
I.ESTIMATED IMPLEMENTATION COSTS (SAVINGS) TO STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (Summary)
It is estimated that this benefit modification would save the PPO, HMO, and EPO plans of OGB approximately $4,326,400-$15,142,400 in FY 08/09 (1/2 year), and $2,261,300-$4,522,600 in FY 09/10 due to eligible dependents currently covered by the plan being removed from eligibility in OGB. These savings are based on an estimate that 2% to 7% of dependents (2,600 to 9,100) will be removed as ineligible for FY 08/09 at an average dependent cost of $1664/year and an additional 1% to 2% (1,235 to 2,470) of ineligible dependents being removed in FY 09/10 at an average dependent cost of $1831/year. Although the total savings of $4,326,400-$15,142,400 in FY 08/09 as a result of this rule change to OGB is paid from Agency-Self Generated Funds, 66% of the savings impact ($2,855,424-$9,993,984) will impact State General Fund for employer contribution of premiums paid to OGB. This rule change requires the submission of documentation to support the relationship of each dependent to the employee/retiree.
II.ESTIMATED EFFECT ON REVENUE COLLECTIONS OF STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL UNITS (Summary)
Revenue collections of state and local governmental units should not affected in FY 08-09. However, to the extent that those members of Group Benefits that remove dependents from the eligibility rolls do not replace with another documented eligible dependent, there will likely be a reduction of coverage of those members, which results in a reduced premium contribution. The anticipated average annual contribution loss for the projected FY 08/09 dependents, 2,600 to 9,100 being removed from the rolls, is $361, which could result in a total revenue loss of ranging from $938,600 to $3,285,100. For FY 09-10 the anticipated revenue loss from premiums could be from $445,835 to $891,670, which is based upon 1,235 to 2,470 dependents being removed. The projected premium reductions as a result of proposed rule changes will be considered in all future rate adjustments.
III.ESTIMATED COSTS AND/OR ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO DIRECTLY AFFECTED PERSONS OR NONGOVERNMENTAL GROUPS (Summary)
This rule will result in PPO, HMO and EPO eligible employees/retirees (approximately 138,000) having to submit proper documentation on every covered dependent to support
their relationship to the employee/retiree. Prior to this rule change there was no formal requirement in the OGB Plan Document to require the submission of documentation to support dependent relationships. There is no direct premium decrease for members as a result of this rule change, but decreased costs will be considered for premium rates that are effective July 1, 2009 and later.
IV.ESTIMATED EFFECT ON COMPETITION AND EMPLOYMENT (Summary)
Competition and employment will not be affected.
Tommy D. Teague
Robert E. Hosse
Chief Executive Officer
Legislative Fiscal Office
NOTICE OF INTENT
Office of the Governor
Division of Administration Racing Commission
Modern Therapeutic Measures (LAC 35:I.1721)
The Louisiana State Racing Commission hereby gives notice that it intends to amend LAC 35:I.1721 "Modern Therapeutic Measures" to promote the health and well-being of race horses, to guard the integrity of the sport, and to adjust to changes in nation-wide standards in the realm of equine veterinary practices, health and medication.
This proposed Rule has no known impact on family formation, stability, and/or autonomy as described in R.S. 49:972.
Title 35 HORSE RACING
Part 1. General Provisions
Chapter 17.Corrupt and Prohibited Practices
§1721.Modern Therapeutic Measures
A.Full use of modern therapeutic measures for the improvement and protection of the health of a horse is authorized. However, no medication, including any prohibited drug, permitted medication, chemical or other substance, or any therapeutic measure may be administered, caused to be administered or applied by any means to a horse during the 24-hour period before post time for the race in which the horse is entered unless otherwise provided by Rule.
B.1.The presence of exogenous anabolic steroids in a race horse is strictly prohibited. The presence of endogenous anabolic steroids:
c.testosterone at levels above the normal physiological state of the stallion, gelding or mare is strictly prohibited.
2.The administration of any of these endogenous steroids within 45 days of a race day shall be considered a violation. A violation of this sub-paragraph shall be regarded as a Class III violation under the penalty guidelines.
AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 4:148.
HISTORICAL NOTE:Adopted by the Racing Commission in 1971, promulgated by the Department of Commerce, Racing Commission, LR 2:449 (December 1976), amended LR 3:45 (January 1977), LR 4:287 (August 1978), LR 6:174 (May 1980), LR 6:543 (September 1980), LR 35:
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