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Division of Pensions & Benefits

Recent Legislation

Links to older Chapter Laws and other legislative information can be found on the New Jersey Legislature website.

P.L. 2022, c. 94 (Chapter 94)

This law removes restriction on receipt of retirement annuities by certain members of the Judicial Retirement System who file for deferred retirement. The law is retroactive to November 1, 2020.

Date Approved: August 5, 2022

Effective Date: August 5, 2022

P.L. 2022, c. 77 (Chapter 77)

This law provides that a member of the State Police Retirement System (SPRS) may be eligible for Accidental Disability retirement if the member becomes permanently and totally disabled because a preexisting and asymptomatic condition that that is later rendered symptomatic as a direct result of a traumatic event occurring during and as a result of the performance of regular or assigned duties. The law also permits retirees who were denied by accidental disability retirement solely on the basis of an asymptomatic pre-existing condition between 2012 and 2019 to apply for reconsideration within 30 days of enactment.

Date Approved: July 29, 2022

Effective Date: July 29, 2022

P.L. 2022, c. 33 (Chapter 33)

This law requires health insurers, specifically including the SHBP and SEHBP, to provide coverage for benefits delivered through the psychiatric Collaborative Care Model in the treatment of mental health conditions and substance use disorders.

Date Approved: June 30, 2022

Effective Date: August 29, 2022

P.L. 2022, c. 9 (Chapter 9)

This law permits current police and fire chiefs to remain active members of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS) for a limited time under certain circumstances.

Date Approved: April 12, 2022

Effective Date: April 12, 2022

P.L. 2021, c. 498 (Chapter 498)

This law permits Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) retirees to return to employment in the New Jersey Legislature after retirement under certain circumstances.

Date Approved: January 18, 2022

Effective Date: January 18, 2022

P.L. 2021, c. 478 (Chapter 478)

This law mandates access to periodic cancer screening examinations for full-time firefighters enrolled in the SHBP.

Date Approved: January 18, 2022

Effective Date: January 1, 2023

P.L. 2021, c. 428 (Chapter 428)

This law limits to 90 days the period during which members of the State Police Retirement System (SPRS) can be kept on past their mandatory retirement during a public health emergency or state of emergency.

Date Approved: January 18, 2022

Effective Date: February 17, 2022

P.L. 2021, c. 418 (Chapter 418)

This law removes the New Jersey Maritime Pilot and Docking Pilot Commissions from the appropriations act provision that limits compensation and health benefits and clarifies PERS and SHBP eligibility for members of the commission. The law takes effect immediately and is retroactive to July 1, 2021.

Date Approved: January 18, 2022

Effective Date: January 18, 2022

P.L. 2021, c. 408 (Chapter 408)

This law permits teachers and professional staff members who provide special services and retired from the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF) to return to employment for up to two years without reenrollment in the TPAF, if the return to employment begins during the 2021-2022 or 2022-2023 school years.

Date Approved: January 18, 2022

Effective Date: January 18, 2022

P.L. 2021, c. 399 (Chapter 399)

This law permits members of the State Police Retirement System (SPRS) to purchase service credit earned from public employment in another state or with the United States Government.

Date Approved: January 18, 2022

Effective Date: January 18, 2022

P.L. 2021, c. 376 (Chapter 376)

This law expands the requirements of health insurers, including the SHBP and Medicaid, to cover prescriptions for contraceptives for up to 12 months.

Date Approved: January 13, 2022

Effective Date: April 13, 2022

P.L. 2021, c. 375 (Chapter 375)

This law codifies the constitutional right to freedom of reproductive choice. As specifically relates to the SHBP/SEHBP, the law requires that a contract providing hospital or medical expense benefits purchased by the State Health Benefits Commission or the School Employees’ Health Benefits Commission may provide coverage for abortion.

Date Approved: January 13, 2022

Effective Date: January 13, 2022

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P.L. 2021, c. 329 (Chapter 329)

This law amends the JRS retirement provisions to permit a Judge serving as Administrative Director of the Courts to apply for deferred retirement from JRS and be appointed as Administrative Director of the Courts, if the member is at least 65 years old and has served for 20 years as a judge in any court in New Jersey.

Date Approved: December 21, 2021

Effective Date: December 21, 2021

P.L. 2021, c. 310 (Chapter 310)

This law modifies the SHBP/SEHBP coverage for telehealth and telemedicine, addresses coverage for COVID-19 testing and services, and repeals P.L. 2020, c.3 and P.L. 2020, c.7, which addresses telemedicine and COVID-19 testing.

Date Approved: December 2, 2021

Effective Date: December 2, 2021

P.L. 2021, c. 296 (Chapter 296)

This law permits a certified school nurse who is retired from the TPAF to return to employment for up to two years without reenrollment in the TPAF.

Date Approved: November 8, 2021

Effective Date: November 8, 2021

P.L. 2021, c. 226 (Chapter 226)

This law reopens the Prosecutors Part of PERS and makes membership in the Prosecutors Part mandatory for all prosecutors.

Date Approved: September 24, 2021

Effective Date: September 24, 2021

P.L. 2021, c. 187 (Chapter 187)

This law requires the Department of Children and Families to establish a Statewide voluntary universal newborn home nurse visitation program to provide homes visitation services for a newborn and the infant’s parents, which is to be covered by the SHBP at no cost to the member, except for HD plans or catastrophic plans for which coverage is to be provided at the lowest deductible and cost-sharing requirement permitted.

Date Approved: July 29, 2021

Effective Date: July 29, 2021

P.L. 2021, c. 163 (Chapter 163)

This law changes the effective date of Garden State Health Plan; exempts certain charter and renaissance schools from healthcare plan requirements; and requires negotiations over certain health care costs.

Date Approved: July 7, 2021

Effective Date: July 7, 2021

P.L. 2021, c. 140 (Chapter 140)

This law reopens the Workers’ Compensation Part of the Public Employees’ Retirement System and transfers Workers’ Compensation Judges from the Defined Contribution Retirement Program to the Workers’ Compensation Part within 90 days of enactment.

Date Approved: June 30, 2021

Effective Date: June 30, 2021

P.L. 2021, c.105 (Chapter 105)

This law changes the eligibility criteria for a deferred retirement for a member of the Judicial Retirement System (JRS) who has been appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to the position of county prosecutor.

Date Approved: June 11, 2021

Effective Date: June 11, 2021

P.L. 2021, c. 75 (Chapter 75)

This law provides accidental death benefits in certain circumstances to surviving spouses and surviving children of SPRS retirees who participated in 9/11 World Trade Center rescue, recovery, or cleanup operations.

Date Approved: May 3, 2021

Effective Date: May 3, 2021

P.L. 2021, c. 73 (Chapter 73)

This law requires insurers including the SHBP/SEHBP to provide coverage for adolescent depression screenings for covered individuals ages 12 to 18 to the same extent as other services and without any cost sharing.

Date Approved: April 30, 2021

Effective Date: October 27, 2021

P.L. 2021 c. 52 (Chapter 52)

This law extends eligibility for retirement from PFRS at 20 years of service, regardless of age. Under the law, a member of the PFRS who was enrolled before April 19, 2021 (the effective date) and is still a member of PFRS on April 19, 2021 may retire after that date, but not later than the end of a two-year period after the effective date (which ends on May 1, 2023), regardless of age, upon attaining 20 or more years of service credit. The member will receive a retirement allowance equal to 50 percent of the member's final compensation.

Date Approved: April 19, 2021

Effective Date: April 19, 2021

P.L. 2020, c. 151 (Chapter 151)

This law enhances the accidental death benefit of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS) for a member's surviving spouse. Currently, that benefit is 70% of the compensation upon which contributions by the member to PFRS were based in the last year of creditable service. The law provides an alternative benefit, if larger, of $50,000 annually, but only for deaths on or after the effective date of the law.

Date Approved: January 7, 2021

Effective Date: January 7, 2021

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P.L. 2020, c. 137 (Chapter 137)

Modifies employee and non-Medicare retiree contribution for the New Jersey Educators Health Plan.

Date Approved: December 18, 2020

Effective Date:December 18, 2020

P.L. 2020, c. 115 (Chapter 115)

This law modifies the hiring, rehiring, retention, and benefits of certain public employees during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency under Executive Order No. 103.

Date Approved: October 30, 2020

Effective Date: Retroactive to April 6, 2020

P.L. 2020, c. 57 (Chapter 57)

This law addresses pension service credit and health benefits coverage for certain public employees who participate in a voluntary or mandatory furlough program.

Date Approved: July 2, 2020

Effective Date: Retroactive to June 29, 2020

P.L. 2020, c. 54 (Chapter 54)

This law amends eligibility for accidental disability and accidental death benefits for the PFRS, SPRS, and law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical responders in the PERS when related to the contraction of COVID-19 during the Public Health Emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order 103 of 2020, as extended. Members are eligible for these benefits if they: 1.) contract COVID-19 and test positive for SARS-CoV-2; and 2.) are totally and permanently disabled or die as a result of COVID-19; and 3.) whose duties require interaction with the public or supervision of personnel interacting with the public during the Public Health Emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order 103 of 2020, as extended, within 14 days of showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, as confirmed in writing by a licensed health care provider and a positive SARS-CoV-2 test.

New onset disease and chronic psychological diseases resulting from prior to exposure to, and recovery from, COVID-19 are excluded from eligibility. Individuals who retired and returned to employment under Executive Order 115 of 2020, or any other similar Executive Order permitting return to employment to help with the public health emergency without reenrolling in a retirement system, are also not eligible for these benefits.

Date Approved: July 1, 2020

Effective Date: Retroactive to March 9, 2020

P.L. 2020, c. 47 (Chapter 47)

This law extends the provisions of P.L. 2020, c. 3, and P.L. 2020, c. 7, for a period of 90 days following the public health emergency and state of emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order 103 of 2020.

P.L. 2020, c. 3, permits health care practitioners to provide telemedicine and telehealth services.

P.L. 2020, c. 7, requires that health benefits carriers in New Jersey, including the SHBP and the SEHBP, shall provide coverage and payment for expenses incurred for 1.) testing of coronavirus 2019 in accordance with P.L. 2017, c.117, and 2.) health care services delivered to a covered person through telemedicine or telehealth in accordance with P.L. 2017, c.117. The coverage shall be provided to the same extent as any other health care services under the health benefits plan, except that there shall be no cost-sharing imposed on this coverage.

Date Approved: July 1, 2020

Effective Date: July 1, 2020

P.L. 2020, c. 46 (Chapter 46)

This law delays mandatory retirement in the SPRS when it would occur during a period of state of emergency; and extends eligibility for appointment as member of the State Police and enrollment in the SPRS for 160th Class of the New Jersey State Police.

Date Approved: July 1, 2020

Effective Date: July 1, 2020

P.L. 2020, c. 44 (Chapter 44)

Requires the SEHBP and eligible employers that do not participate in the SEHBP to provide certain plans for public education employees and certain public education retirees.

Date Approved: July 1, 2020

Effective Date: July 1, 2020

P.L. 2020, c. 30 (Chapter 30)

Requires health insurance plans, including those of the SHBP and the SEHBP, to cover refills for certain prescription drugs during a state of emergency.

Date Approved: May 15, 2020

Effective Date: May 15, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 407 (Chapter 407)

Renames Department of Environmental Protection conservation officers to conservation police officers.

Date Approved: January 21, 2020

Effective Date: April 1, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 361 (Chapter 361)

This law amends the SHBP’s required coverage for contraceptives and other related services under any contracts purchased or renewed after April 15, 2020.

Date Approved: January 16, 2020

Effective Date: April 15, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 360 (Chapter 360)

This law amends the SHBP’s and SEHBP’s required coverage for certain preventive services under any contracts purchased or renewed after April 15, 2020.

Date Approved: January 16, 2020

Effective Date: April 15, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 343 (Chapter 343)

This law amends the SHBP’s and SEHBP’s required coverage for breastfeeding support under any contracts purchased or renewed after July 11, 2020.

Date Approved: January 13, 2020

Effective Date: July 11, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 306 (Chapter 306)

This law amends the SHBP’s and SEHBP’s required coverage for fertility preservation services under any contracts purchased or renewed after April 12, 2020.

Date Approved: January 13, 2020

Effective Date: April 12, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 305 (Chapter 305)

This law increases the benefit paid to a surviving child or children of SPRS or PFRS members who die as an active death to 50% of final compensation for one child or split equally among 2 or more children.

Date Approved: January 13, 2020

Effective Date: January 13, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 287 (Chapter 287)

This law amends the statutory provisions of the Judicial Retirement System (JRS) and permits a member of the JRS to retire and defer receipt of benefits if the member is being appointed County Prosecutor by the Governor. The member must be at least age 65 and must have served at least 25 consecutive years as a judge. The JRS retirement will be effective after the end of service as a County Prosecutor; however, if the member turns 70 while serving as County Prosecutor, the person will be deemed retired.

Date Approved: January 9, 2020

Effective Date: January 9, 2020

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