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[73 Stat. 714]
[73 Stat. 714]
PUBLIC LAW 86-000—MMMM. DD, 1959

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PUBLIC LAW 86-382-SEPT. 28, 1959

[73 STAT.

under paragraphs (1) and (2)) which are necessary for the administrative costs and the reserves provided for by section 8(b). (4) There shall be withheld from the salary of each enrolled employee or annuity of each enrolled annuitant so much as is necessary, after deducting the contribution of the Government, to pay the total charge for his enrollment. The amount withheld from the annuity of an annuitant shall be equal to the amount withheld from the salary of an employee when both are enrolled in the same plan providing the same health benefits. (b) An employee enrolled in a health benefits plan under this Act who is placed in a leave without pay status may have his coverage and the coverage of members of his family continued under such plan for a period not to exceed one year in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Commission. Such regulations may provide for the waiving of contributions by the employee and the Government. (c) The sums authorized to be contributed by the Government with respect to any employee shall be paid from— (1) the appropriation or fund which is used for payment of the salary, wage, or other compensation of such employee, (2) in the case of an elected official, from such appropriation or fund as may be available for payment of other salaries of the same office or establishment, (3) in the case of an employee in the legislative branch whose salary, wage, or other compensation is disbursed by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, from the contingent fund of the House, and (4) in the case of an employee in a leave without pay status, from the appropriation or fund which would be used for the payment of the salary of such employee if he were in a pay status. The sums authorized by subsection (a)(1) to be contributed by the Government with respect to any annuitant shall be paid from annual appropriations which are hereby authorized to be made for such purpose. (d) The Commission shall provide for conversion of rates of contribution specified in this section in the cases of employees and annuitants paid on other than a biweekly basis, and for this purpose may provide for adjustment of any such rate to the nearest cent. EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFITS FUND

SEC. 8. (a) There is hereby created an Employees Health Benefits Fund, hereinafter referred to as the "Fund", to be administered by the Commission, which is hereby made available without fiscal year limitation for all payments to approved health benefits plans. The contributions of employees, annuitants, and the Government described in section 7 shall be paid into the Fund. (b) Portions of the contributions made by employees, annuitants, and the Government shall be regularly set aside in the Fund as follows: (1) a percentage, not to exceed 1 per centum of all such contributions, determined by the Commission as reasonably adequate to pay the administrative expenses made available by section 9; (2) for each health benefits plan, a percentage, not to exceed 3 per centum of the contributions toward such plan, determined by the Commission as reasonably adequate to provide a contingency reserve. The income derived from any dividends, rate adjustments, or other refunds made