160.920. 1. No funds appropriated to the lead agency for the implementation and administration of sections 160.900 to 160.925 shall be used to satisfy a financial commitment for services that should have been paid from another public or private source. Federal funds available under Part C of the IDEA, 20 U.S.C. Section 1431, et seq., shall be used whenever necessary to prevent the delay of early intervention services to the eligible child or family. When funds are used to reimburse the service provider to prevent a delay of the provision of services, the funds shall be recovered from the public or private source that has ultimate responsibility for the payment.
2. Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit any other state agency providing medically related services to reduce medical assistance to eligible children.
3. Payments for the provision of direct early intervention services to children and families shall be paid in the manner prescribed by the lead agency.
4. The lead agency shall promulgate rules for the reimbursement of services from all third-party payers, both private and public.
5. The lead agency or its designee shall, in the first instance and where applicable, seek payment from all third-party payers prior to claiming payment from the state Part C early intervention system for services rendered to eligible children.
6. The lead agency or its designee may pay required deductibles, co-payments, coinsurance or other out-of-pocket expenses for a Part C early intervention program eligible child directly to a provider.
7. The lead agency shall promulgate rules that establish a schedule of monthly cost participation fees for early intervention services per qualifying family regardless of the number of children participating or the amount of services provided. Such fees shall not include services to be provided to the family at no cost as established in Part C of IDEA, 20 U.S.C. Section 1431, et seq. Fees shall be based on a sliding scale to become effective October 1, 2005, that contemplates the following elements:
(1) Adjusted gross income, family size, financial hardship and Medicaid eligibility with the fee implementation beginning at two hundred percent of the federal poverty guidelines;
(2) A minimum fee amount of five dollars to the maximum amount of one hundred dollars monthly, with the lead agency retaining the right to revise the fee schedule no earlier than the third year after the family cost participation effective date;
(3) An increased fee schedule for parents who have insurance and elect not to assign such right of recovery or indemnification to the lead agency;
(4) Procedures for notifying the regional office that a family is not complying with the cost participation fee and procedures for suspending services.
8. All amounts generated by family cost participation, insurance reimbursements, and Medicaid reimbursement shall be deposited to the fund created in section 160.925.
9. The lead agency may assign the collection of early intervention participation fees, payments, and public or private insurance to a designee, contractor, provider, third-party agent, or designated clearinghouse participating in the Part C early intervention system. Such fees, payments, or insurance amounts shall be paid to the department, its designee, contractor, provider, third-party agent, or designated clearinghouse in a timely manner. Notice of collection procedures, schedule of fees or payments, and guidelines for inability to pay shall be made available to parents of eligible children.
10. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 23.253 to the contrary, the provisions of this section shall not sunset.
(L. 2005 S.B. 500, A.L. 2007 S.B. 112)
Missouri General Assembly