42 U.S. Code § 1397bb - General contents of State child health plan; eligibility; outreach
The plan shall include a description of the standards used to determine the eligibility of targeted low-income children for child health assistance under the plan. Such standards may include (to the extent consistent with this subchapter) those relating to the geographic areas to be served by the plan, age, income and resources (including any standards relating to spenddowns and disposition of resources), residency, disability status (so long as any standard relating to such status does not restrict eligibility), access to or coverage under other health coverage, and duration of eligibility. Such standards may not discriminate on the basis of diagnosis.
The plan shall include a description of methods of establishing and continuing eligibility and enrollment.
Subject to subparagraph (B), the plan shall include a description of the procedures used to reduce administrative barriers to the enrollment of children and pregnant women who are eligible for medical assistance under subchapter XIX or for child health assistance or health benefits coverage under this subchapter. Such procedures shall be established and revised as often as the State determines appropriate to take into account the most recent information available to the State identifying such barriers.
A State shall be deemed to comply with subparagraph (A) if the State’s application and renewal forms and supplemental forms (if any) and information verification process is the same for purposes of establishing and renewing eligibility for children and pregnant women for medical assistance under subchapter XIX and child health assistance under this subchapter, and such process does not require an application to be made in person or a face-to-face interview.
Nothing in this subchapter shall be construed as providing an individual with an entitlement to child health assistance under a State child health plan.
Outreach (through community health workers and others) to families of children likely to be eligible for child health assistance under the plan or under other public or private health coverage programs to inform these families of the availability of, and to assist them in enrolling their children in, such a program.
Coordination of the administration of the State program under this subchapter with other public and private health insurance programs.
In the case of a State that provides for premium assistance subsidies under the State child health plan in accordance with paragraph (2)(B), (3), or (10) of section 1397ee(c) of this title, or a waiver approved under section 1315 of this title, outreach, education, and enrollment assistance for families of children likely to be eligible for such subsidies, to inform such families of the availability of, and to assist them in enrolling their children in, such subsidies, and for employers likely to provide coverage that is eligible for such subsidies, including the specific, significant resources the State intends to apply to educate employers about the availability of premium assistance subsidies under the State child health plan.
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The Internal Revenue Code of 1986, referred to in subsec. (b)(1)(B)(v), is classified generally to Title 26, Internal Revenue Code.
2016—Subsec. (a)(7)(C). Pub. L. 114–198 added subpar. (C).
2010—Subsec. (b)(1)(B)(v). Pub. L. 111–152 substituted “modified adjusted gross income” for “modified gross income”.
Pub. L. 111–148 added cl. (v).
Subsec. (b)(1)(B)(iii), (iv). Pub. L. 111–3, §§ 111(b)(2), 501(b)(2), added cls. (iii) and (iv).
Subsec. (b)(4), (5). Pub. L. 111–3, § 212, added par. (4) and redesignated former par. (4) as (5).
Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 111–3, § 201(b)(2)(B)(i), inserted “(through community health workers and others)” after “Outreach”.
Subsec. (c)(3). Pub. L. 111–3, § 302(a), added par. (3).
Amendment by sections 111(b)(2), 201(b)(2)(B)(i), 212, 302(a), and 501(b)(2) of Pub. L. 111–3 effective Apr. 1, 2009, and applicable to child health assistance and medical assistance provided on or after that date, with certain exceptions, see section 3 of Pub. L. 111–3, set out as an Effective Date note under section 1396 of this title.
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