Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 354
Health Services Corporations--Health Maintenance
Section 354.536

August 28, 2013


Continuation of dependent child coverage, when--dependent child defined.

354.536. 1. If a health maintenance organization plan provides that coverage of a dependent child terminates upon attainment of the limiting age for dependent children, such coverage shall continue while the child is and continues to be both incapable of self-sustaining employment by reason of mental or physical handicap and chiefly dependent upon the enrollee for support and maintenance. Proof of such incapacity and dependency must be furnished to the health maintenance organization by the enrollee at least thirty-one days after the child's attainment of the limiting age. The health maintenance organization may require at reasonable intervals during the two years following the child's attainment of the limiting age subsequent proof of the child's disability and dependency. After such two-year period, the health maintenance organization may require subsequent proof not more than once each year.

2. If a health maintenance organization plan provides that coverage of a dependent child terminates upon attainment of the limiting age for dependent children, such plan, so long as it remains in force, until the dependent child attains the limiting age, shall remain in force at the option of the enrollee. The enrollee's election for continued coverage under this section shall be furnished to the health maintenance organization within thirty-one days after the child's attainment of the limiting age. As used in this subsection, a dependent child is a person who is:

(1) Unmarried and no more than twenty-five years of age; and

(2) A resident of this state; and

(3) Not provided coverage as a named subscriber, insured, enrollee, or covered person under any group or individual health benefit plan, or entitled to benefits under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, P.L. 89-97, 42 U.S.C. Section 1395, et seq.

(L. 2007 H.B. 818)

Effective 1-01-08


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