HOUSE BILL NO. 2959


                                                           AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE


                                                                            C 074 L 90



State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1990 Regular Session


By Representatives Bennett, Dorn, Pruitt, Brumsickle and G. Fisher



Read first time 1/26/90 and referred to Committee on Education.



AN ACT Relating to health insurance for students participating in extracurricular activities; and amending RCW 28A.58.420.




        Sec. 1.  Section 28A.58.420, chapter 223, Laws of 1969 ex. sess. as last amended by section 16, chapter 107, Laws of 1988 and RCW 28A.58.420 are each amended to read as follows:

          (1) The board of directors of any of the state's school districts may make available liability, life, health, health care, accident, disability and salary protection or insurance or any one of, or a combination of the enumerated types of insurance, or any other type of insurance or protection, for the members of the boards of directors, the students, and employees of the school district, and their dependents.  Such coverage may be provided by contracts with private carriers, with the state health care authority after July 1, 1990, pursuant to the approval of the authority administrator, or through self-insurance or self-funding pursuant to chapter 48.62 RCW, or in any other manner authorized by law.

          (2) Whenever funds shall be available for these purposes the board of directors of the school district may contribute all or a part of the cost of such protection or insurance for the employees of their respective school districts and their dependents.  The premiums on such liability insurance shall be borne by the school district.  The premiums due on such protection or insurance shall be borne by the assenting school board member or student:  PROVIDED, That the school district may contribute all or part of the costs, including the premiums, of life, health, health care, accident or disability insurance which shall be offered to all students participating in interschool activities on the behalf of or as representative of their school or school district.  The school district board of directors may require any student participating in extracurricular interschool activities to, as a condition of participation, document evidence of insurance or purchase insurance that will provide adequate coverage, as determined by the school district board of directors, for medical expenses incurred as a result of injury sustained while participating in the extracurricular activity.  In establishing such a requirement, the district shall adopt regulations for waiving or reducing the premiums of such coverage as may be offered through the school district to students participating in extracurricular activities, for those students whose families, by reason of their low income, would have difficulty paying the entire amount of such insurance premiums.  The district board shall adopt regulations for waiving or reducing the insurance coverage requirements for low-income students in order to assure such students are not prohibited from participating in extracurricular interschool activities.  All contracts for insurance or protection written to take advantage of the provisions of this section shall provide that the beneficiaries of such contracts may utilize on an equal participation basis the services of those practitioners licensed pursuant to chapters 18.22, 18.25, 18.53, 18.57 and 18.71 RCW.

                                                                                                                           Passed the House March 3, 1990.


                                                                                                                                         Speaker of the House.


                                                                                                                           Passed the Senate March 1, 1990.


                                                                                                                                       President of the Senate.