SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 2295
95TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES HOLSMAN (Sponsor), LeBLANC, OXFORD, CALLOWAY, AULL, WALTON GRAY, NEWMAN, MORRIS, JONES (63) AND BROWN (50) (Co-sponsors).
3276L.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To amend chapter 208, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to the KidCare Co-op program.
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 208.665, to read as follows:
208.665. 1. Subject to appropriations, there is hereby established the "KidCare Co-op Program" within the department of social services to provide affordable health insurance coverage for all children up to nineteen years of age who are residents of this state. The KidCare Co-op shall be a public option nonprofit health insurance cooperative.
2. There shall be no income limits regarding eligibility for coverage under the program. The department may operate the KidCare Co-op program in conjunction with the state children's health insurance program (SCHIP) by screening and offering coverage to children who are not eligible for coverage under the SCHIP program established under sections 208.631 to 208.657.
3. Under the KidCare Co-op program, parents or guardians of children may purchase health insurance coverage for their children through the health insurance cooperative. The following premiums and co-payments shall apply under the program:
(1) The monthly premium for each child shall be twenty-five dollars;
(2) General office visits shall have a fifteen dollar co-payment;
(3) Urgent care visits shall have a thirty-five dollar co-payment;
(4) Emergency room visits shall have a fifty dollar co-payment.
In addition, coverage amounts and maximums shall be based on rules promulgated by the department.
4. The department shall establish by rule the criteria for health carriers and health benefit plans to participate in the health insurance cooperative for the program.
5. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028. This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2010, shall be invalid and void.