SB885 - Modifies the law relating to the MO Consolidated Health Care Plan and changes provisions for continuation of coverage
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||Modifies the law relating to the MO Consolidated Health Care Plan and changes provisions for continuation of coverage
SS/SCS/SB 885 - This act modifies provisions relating to the
Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan. The word
"instrumentality" is removed from the definition of
"participating member agency".
Section 103.008 increases membership of the board of
trustees from eleven to thirteen and specifies appointment
procedures for General Assembly members.
Section 103.081 requires the board to submit a plan to the
General Assembly for state employees in counties without HMO
coverage to receive medical benefits that are substantially
identical to HMO benefits by September 1, 2000. The cost for
coverage may not exceed the state's average HMO cost.
Section 103.085 currently requires medical benefits to end
when a member's employment terminates, with certain exceptions.
New language states that for those excepted, health care benefits
must have been continuous either under a separate policy for at
least six months or since the effective date of the most recent
open enrollment prior to the member's termination.
Section 103.136, RSMo, currently prohibits a member agency
from participating in the plan for two years after its
termination date, unless approved by the Board. The provision
for Board approval is deleted, thus preventing member agencies
from participating for two years without exception.
With regard to health care provider contracts, Section 1
recommends that the board implement a plan period based on a
fiscal year beginning October 1 of each year rather than the
current calendar year used by the board.
Portions of this act are substantially similar to HB 1593