Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 376
Life, Health and Accident Insurance
Section 376.1219

August 28, 2014

PKU formula and low protein modified food products covered by insurance, when--exceptions.

376.1219. 1. Each policy issued by an entity offering individual and group health insurance which provides coverage on an expense-incurred basis, individual and group health service or indemnity type contracts issued by a nonprofit corporation, individual and group service contracts issued by a health maintenance organization, all self-insured group health arrangements to the extent not preempted by federal law, and all health care plans provided by managed health care delivery entities of any type or description, that are delivered, issued for delivery, continued or renewed in this state on or after September 1, 1997, shall provide coverage for formula and low protein modified food products recommended by a physician for the treatment of a patient with phenylketonuria or any inherited disease of amino and organic acids who is covered under the policy, contract, or plan and who is less than six years of age.

2. For purposes of this section, "low protein modified food products" means foods that are specifically formulated to have less than one gram of protein per serving and are intended to be used under the direction of a physician for the dietary treatment of any inherited metabolic disease. Low protein modified food products do not include foods that are naturally low in protein.

3. The coverage required by this section may be subject to the same deductible for similar health care services provided by the policy, contract, or plan as well as a reasonable coinsurance or co-payment on the part of the insured, which shall not be greater than fifty percent of the cost of the formula and food products, and may be subject to an annual benefit maximum of not less than five thousand dollars per covered child. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a carrier from using individual case management or from contracting with vendors of the formula and food products.

4. This section shall not apply to a supplemental insurance policy, including a life care contract, accident-only policy, specified disease policy, hospital policy providing a fixed daily benefit only, Medicare supplement policy, long-term care policy, or any other supplemental policy as determined by the director of the department of insurance, financial institutions and professional registration.

(L. 1997 H.B. 600 & 388, A.L. 2002 S.B. 1026)

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