145-4-09 Definition of "eligible dependent" for health care coverage.

" Eligible dependent" means any of the following:

(A) The spouse of a primary benefit recipient. The spouse shall be an individual of the opposite gender who establishes a marriage by a valid marriage certificate recognized by Ohio law.

(B) The biological or legally adopted child of a primary benefit recipient who is under the age of twenty-six or is permanently and totally disabled prior to age twenty-two. For purposes of this paragraph "permanently and totally disabled" means the individual is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death, or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve months.

(C) The grandchild of a primary benefit recipient for whom the benefit recipient has been ordered pursuant to section 3109.19 of the Revised Code to provide for the health care coverage.

(D) For effective dates of disability benefits on and after January 1, 2014, an eligible dependent of a disability benefit recipient described in paragraph (B) or (C) of this rule who has been receiving a disability benefit for more than five years if the disability benefit recipient meets one of the following:

(1) At the time the disability benefit commenced, the disability benefit recipient has thirty or more qualified years of employer contributions; or

(2) At the time the disability benefit commenced, the disability benefit recipient has attained age sixty and has twenty or more qualified years of employer contributions.

(E) For coverage periods commencing on and after January 1, 2018, an eligible dependent described in paragraph (B) or (C) of this rule may be enrolled in health care coverage only if the primary benefit recipient had at least twenty qualified years of employer contributions at the time the benefit commenced.

Effective: 01/01/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 09/26/2018
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 145.09, 145.58
Rule Amplifies: 145.58, 145.584
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/05, 10/27/06, 1/1/09, 1/1/11