State health insurance, foster parents may purchase, when. — 1. Any specialized foster parent as defined in section 210.543 and licensed under this chapter who provides temporary foster care for children who have a documented history of presenting behaviors or diagnoses which render the child unable to effectively function outside of a highly structured setting, not in anticipation of adoption and not for children related to such foster parent may, at the foster parent’s own expense, purchase the same state health insurance as state employees for himself or herself and his or her dependents through the Missouri consolidated health care plan at the actuarially determined rate of total premium for such health care coverage.
2. Documentation of eligibility for the purchase of state health insurance shall be required prior to the purchase of any such insurance. The department of social services shall provide the appropriate documentation of initial and ongoing eligibility of foster parents who qualify for the purchase of state health insurance under this section to the Missouri consolidated health care plan.
(L. 2012 H.B. 1576)