FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 543
93RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES ZWEIFEL (Sponsor), SHOEMYER, DARROUGH,
SCHOEMEHL, LeVOTA, WILDBERGER, MEADOWS, YAEGER AND YOUNG (Co-sponsors).
Read 1st time February 15, 2005 and copies ordered printed.
STEPHEN S. DAVIS, Chief Clerk
To amend chapter 208, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to disclosure of
certain health care benefits.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 208, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be
known as section 208.230, to read as follows:
208.230. 1. Any applicant for health care benefits under the provisions of this
chapter and any person requesting uncompensated care in a hospital shall identify the
employer or employers of the proposed beneficiary of the health care benefits. In the event
the proposed public health program beneficiary is not employed, the applicant shall
identify the employer or employers of any adult who is responsible for providing all or
some of the proposed beneficiary's support.
2. On or before January first of each year, the department of health and senior
services shall transmit to the general assembly a report identifying all employers identified
pursuant to the requirements in subsection 1 of this section who employ twenty-five or
more public health program beneficiaries. In determining whether the twenty-five
employee threshold is met, the department of health and senior services shall include all
public health program beneficiaries employed by the employer and its subsidiaries at all
locations within the state. The report shall include each employer's name and, as
appropriate, the names of its subsidiaries that employ public health program beneficiaries,
location, the total number of its employees and dependents who are enrolled in each state-funded health care program, and the total cost to the state of providing public health care
benefits for the employees and enrolled dependents of each named employer. The report
shall include the names of any individual public health access program beneficiaries and
shall be subject to privacy standards under Public Law 104-191, and the Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended. In addition to filing the report
with the general assembly, the department shall make the report available to the public
through its Internet website.
3. Any member of the public has a right to request and receive a copy of the report
published pursuant to subsection 2 of this section.
4. As used in this section, the term "proposed beneficiary" means any individual
who files an application for benefits or hospital care for himself or herself; or any other
individual on whose behalf an application is filed, including but not limited to children or
other dependents of the applicant or other individual for whom the application is filed.