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Title XII PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE

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  *208.142.  Nonemergency medical treatment, use of emergency department services for, co-payment imposed. — 1.  Beginning October 1, 2016, a MO HealthNet participant who uses hospital emergency department services for the treatment of a medical condition that is not an emergency medical condition shall be required to pay a co-payment fee of eight dollars for such services.  A participant shall be notified of the eight-dollar co-payment prior to services being rendered.  A MO HealthNet participant's failure to pay the co-payment fee shall not in any way reduce or otherwise affect any MO HealthNet reimbursement to the health care provider for the services provided.

  2.  For purposes of this section, an "emergency medical condition" means a medical condition manifesting itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity, including severe pain, that a prudent layperson, who possesses an average knowledge of health and medicine, could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in the following:

  (1)  Placing the health of the individual or, with respect to a pregnant woman, the health of the woman or her unborn child in serious jeopardy;

  (2)  Serious impairment to bodily functions; or

  (3)  Serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part.

  3.  The department of social services shall promulgate rules for the implementation of this section, including setting forth rules for the required documentation by the physician and the informed consent to be provided to and signed by the parent or guardian of the participant.  Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028.  This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly under chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2016, shall be invalid and void.

  4.  The department shall submit such state plan amendments and waivers to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the federal Department of Health and Human Services as the department determines are necessary to implement the provisions of this section.

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(L. 2016 S.B. 608)

*Effective 10-14-16, see § 21.250.  S.B. 608 was vetoed July 5, 2016. The veto was overridden on September 14, 2016.


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