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215 ILCS 106/25
(215 ILCS 106/25)
Health benefits for children.
(a) The Department shall, subject to appropriation, provide health
benefits coverage to eligible children by:
(1) Until December 31, 2013 and providing that no
application for such coverage shall be accepted after September 30, 2013, subsidizing the cost of privately sponsored health insurance, including employer based health insurance, to assist families to take advantage of available privately sponsored health insurance for their eligible children; and
(2) Purchasing, until December 31, 2013, or
providing health care benefits for eligible children. The health benefits provided under this subdivision (a)(2) shall, subject to appropriation and without regard to any applicable cost sharing under Section 30, be identical to the benefits provided for children under the State's approved plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act. Providers under this subdivision (a)(2) shall be subject to approval by the Department to provide health care under the Illinois Public Aid Code and shall be reimbursed at the same rate as providers under the State's approved plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act. In addition, providers may retain co-payments when determined appropriate by the Department.
(b) The subsidization provided pursuant to subdivision (a)(1) shall be
credited to the family of the eligible child.
(c) The Department is prohibited from denying coverage to a child who is
enrolled in a privately sponsored health insurance plan pursuant to subdivision
(a)(1) because the plan does not meet federal benchmarking standards
or cost sharing and contribution requirements.
To be eligible for inclusion in the Program, the plan shall contain
comprehensive major medical coverage which shall consist of physician and
hospital inpatient services.
The Department is prohibited from denying coverage to a child who is enrolled
in a privately sponsored health insurance plan pursuant to subdivision (a)(1)
because the plan offers benefits in addition to physician and hospital
(d) The total dollar amount of subsidizing coverage per child per month
pursuant to subdivision (a)(1) shall be equal to the average dollar payments,
less premiums incurred, per child per month pursuant to subdivision (a)(2).
The Department shall set this amount prospectively based upon the prior fiscal
year's experience adjusted for incurred but not reported claims and estimated
increases or decreases in the cost of medical care. Payments obligated before
July 1, 1999, will be computed using State Fiscal Year 1996 payments for
children eligible for Medical Assistance and income assistance under the Aid to
Families with Dependent Children Program, with appropriate adjustments for cost
and utilization changes through January 1, 1999. The Department is
prohibited from providing a subsidy pursuant to subdivision (a)(1) that is more
than the individual's monthly portion of the premium.
(e) An eligible child may obtain immediate coverage under this Program
only once during a medical visit. If coverage lapses, re-enrollment shall be
completed in advance of the next covered medical visit and the first month's
required premium shall be paid in advance of any covered medical visit.
(f) In order to accelerate and facilitate the development of networks to
deliver services to children in areas outside counties with populations
excess of 3,000,000, in the event less than 25% of the eligible
children in a county or contiguous counties has enrolled with a Health
Maintenance Organization pursuant to Section 5-11 of the Illinois Public Aid
Code, the Department may develop and implement demonstration projects to create
alternative networks designed to enhance enrollment and participation in the
program. The Department shall prescribe by rule the criteria, standards, and
procedures for effecting demonstration projects under this Section.
(g) On and after July 1, 2012, the Department shall reduce any rate of reimbursement for services or other payments or alter any methodologies authorized by this Act or the Illinois Public Aid Code to reduce any rate of reimbursement for services or other payments in accordance with Section 5-5e of the Illinois Public Aid Code.
(Source: P.A. 97-689, eff. 6-14-12; 98-104, eff. 7-22-13.)