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S.F. No. 1493 - Medical Assistance (MA) for Children with Disabilities Parental Monetary Contribution Provisions
Author: Senator Jeff Hayden
Prepared By: Joan White, Senate Counsel (651/296-3814)
Date: March 24, 2015


SF No. 1493 modifies the TEFRA program, which is a program that provides services to children with disabilities whose parent's income is too high to qualify for other Minnesota Health Care Programs and the parent pays a monthly fee for services based on a sliding scale.  This bill discontinues the monthly monetary parental contribution and requires the parent to maintain health coverage.

Section 1 [13.46, subd. 2] strikes a reference to the TEFRA parental contribution that is discontinued in this bill.

Sections 2, 5 and 6 [246.511;  252.27, subd. 3; 270B.14, subd. 1] make conforming changes based on the modifications in the bill.

Section 3 [252.27, subd. 1] requires that the cost of the services for a child with a disability who is cared for in a facility licensed by the commissioner must be paid by the county of financial responsibility, which is existing law, or covered by medical assistance, if the child is eligible, or by other health insurance.

Section 4 [252.27, subd. 2a] strikes the parental contribution pay scale in statute, and requires the parent to contribute to the cost of TEFRA services by maintaining health coverage as required under the Affordable Care Act.  The parent is required to provide documentation of the child’s health coverage when eligibility is determined and annually thereafter.

Section 7 [Repealer] repeals the requirements for the parental contribution, order of payment, redetermination of the parental fee, and appeals.

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