State Must Notify Before Dropping Children's Health Coverage

9 years 8 months 1 week ago July 12, 2007 Jul 12, 2007 Thursday, July 12 2007 Thursday, July 12, 2007 6:25:57 PM CDT in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- A federal judge says the state must provide better notice to families before dropping their children's health coverage. A law passed two years ago lets Missouri drop children from a government health care program if their parents don't pay required premiums. U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey says the state must give families at least ten days' written notice before dropping them. She is also banning the state from ending coverage until an appeal is decided. State officials also must check whether children qualify for other government medical programs before dropping them. The judge says the steps are required under federal rules covering joint state-federal programs such as Missouri's Children's Health Insurance Program.

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