42 CFR 457.810 - Premium assistance programs: Required protections against substitution.

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§ 457.810 Premium assistance programs: Required protections against substitution.
A State that operates a premium assistance program, as defined at § 457.10, must provide the protections against substitution of CHIP coverage for coverage under group health plans specified in this section. The State must describe these protections in the State plan; and report on results of monitoring of substitution in its annual reports.
(a) Minimum period without coverage under a group health plan. For health benefits coverage provided through premium assistance for group health plans, the following rules apply:
(1) An enrollee must not have had coverage under a group health plan for a period of at least 6 months prior to enrollment in a premium assistance program. A State may not require a minimum period without coverage under a group health plan that exceeds 12 months.
(2) States may permit reasonable exceptions to the requirement for a minimum period without coverage under a group health plan for—
(i) Involuntary loss of coverage under a group health plan, due to employer termination of coverage for all employees and dependents;
(ii) Economic hardship;
(iii) Change to employment that does not offer dependent coverage; or
(iv) Other reasons proposed by the State and approved as part of the State plan.
(3) The requirement for a minimum period without coverage under a group health plan does not apply to a child who, within the previous 6 months, has received coverage under a group health plan through Medicaid under section 1906 of the Act.
(4) The Secretary may waive the 6-month waiting period requirement described in this section at her discretion.
(b) Employer contribution. For health benefits coverage obtained through premium assistance for group health plans, the employee who is eligible for the coverage must apply for the full premium contribution available from the employer.
(c) Cost effectiveness. In establishing cost effectiveness—
(1) The State's cost for coverage for children under premium assistance programs must not be greater than the cost of other CHIP coverage for these children; and
(2) The State may base its demonstration of cost effectiveness on an assessment of the cost of coverage for children under premium assistance programs to the cost of other CHIP coverage for these children, done on a case-by-case basis, or on the cost of premium assisted coverage in the aggregate.
(d) State evaluation. The State must evaluate and report in the annual report (in accordance with § 457.750(b)(2)) the amount of substitution that occurs as a result of premium assistance programs and the effect of those programs on access to coverage.

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