2009 Louisiana Laws TITLE 46 Public welfare and assistance :: RS 46:450.6 Election of chafee option

§450.6.  Election of Chafee Option

A.  To the extent federal financial participation is available pursuant to an approved state Medicaid plan amendment, the Department of Health and Hospitals shall exercise its option under 42 U.S.C. 1396a(10)(A)(ii)(XVII) to extend to independent foster care adolescents as defined by 42 U.S.C. 1396d(w)(1) who are not otherwise Medicaid eligible in accordance with such requirements as were in effect as of April 1, 2008, either: (1) an alternative benefits package authorized by 42 U.S.C. 1396u-7 as set forth in Subsection B of this Section; or (2) regular Medicaid benefits under the Medical Assistance Plan.

B.  For purposes of Subsection A of this Section, the alternative benefits package may include:

(1)  A high deductible private insurance policy.

(2)  A health savings account.

(3)  A program to educate recipients about health insurance.

C.  The department shall have the authority to decide whether to provide either regular Medicaid benefits or the alternative benefits package as set forth in Subsection B of this Section to independent foster care adolescents.

D.  The department shall promulgate rules and regulations to define the individual components of the alternative benefits package as set forth in Subsection B of this Section in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act.

Acts 2008, No. 352, §1.

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