2009 WISCONSIN ACT 285
An Act to renumber and amend 66.0137 (1); to amend 66.0137 (3); and to create 66.0137 (1) (b) and 66.0137 (5) (c) of the statutes; relating to: requiring municipalities to pay health insurance premiums for survivors of a fire fighter who dies, or has died, in the line of duty.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
66.0137 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 66.0137 (1) (intro.) and amended to read:
66.0137 (1) Definition. (intro.) In this section, "local:
(ae) "Local governmental unit" means a city, village, town municipality, county, school district (as enumerated in s. 67.01 (5)), sewerage district, drainage district, and, without limitation because of enumeration, any other political subdivision of the state.
66.0137 (1) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
66.0137 (1) (b) "Municipality" means any city, village, or town.
66.0137 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
66.0137 (3) Health insurance for unemployed persons. Any city, village, town, municipality or county may purchase health or dental insurance for unemployed persons residing in the city, village, town, municipality or county who are not eligible for medical assistance under s. 49.46, 49.468, 49.47, or 49.471 (4) (a) or (b).
66.0137 (5) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
66.0137 (5) (c) 1. Except as provided in subds. 2. and 3., if a municipality provides for the payment of premiums for hospital, surgical, and other health insurance for its fire fighters, it shall continue to pay such premiums for the surviving spouse and dependent children of a fire fighter who dies in the line of duty.
2. A municipality may not be required to pay the premiums described in subd. 1. for a surviving spouse upon the remarriage of the surviving spouse or upon the surviving spouse reaching the age of 65.
3. An individual is not a dependent child for the purposes of subd. 1. after the individual reaches the age of 18 unless one of the following applies:
a. The individual is a full-time student in a secondary school.
b. The individual is a full-time or part-time student in an accredited college or university, except that this subd. 3. b. does not apply to such an individual after the close of the calendar year in which the individual reaches the age of 27.
(1) This act first applies, retroactively, to a fire fighter who has died in the line of duty before the effective date of this subsection.