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To be true to that goal, we can not stand by and be silent when a large portion of Americans face systemic racism and other forms of oppression. That oppression has meant being excluded from civic participation at the ballot box, being called un-American for peaceful protests, and being denied justice for crimes committed against them.
Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971. Deletes the following defined terms: "New SERS annuitant", "New SURS annuitant", "New TRS State annuitant", "New SERS survivor", "New SURS survivor", and "New TRS State survivor". Deletes provisions that require the State to contribute toward the cost of coverage under the basic program of group health benefits an amount that is equal to 5% of that cost for each full year of creditable service, up to a maximum of 100% for an annuitant with 20 or more years of creditable service, for those classes of persons. Changes the manner in which the cost of health benefits for community college benefit recipients and TRS benefit recipients is to be paid. Provides that, beginning on the effective date of the amendatory Act, the Director of Central Management Services shall, on an annual basis, determine the amount that each annuitant, survivor, and retired employee shall contribute toward the basic program of group health benefits on behalf of retired employees, annuitants, and survivors. Requires the Director, when determining that amount, to take into account benefit points and annual pension income. Sets the amount of the required State contribution toward the basic program of group health benefits. Effective July 1, 2012.