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Children's Health Insurance Program; Benefit Changes and State Plan Amendment; Notice No. 2011-08

[41 Pa.B. 4826]
[Saturday, September 3, 2011]

 The Insurance Department (Department) has or will implement several benefit changes and other changes. The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) (Pub. L. No. 111-3), which reauthorized the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), requires several of these changes and, along with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, provides other options for states to include in their State Plans. Consistent with Federal law, the mandated benefit and administrative changes, along with some other planned changes, were included in a proposed State Plan Amendment announced at 40 Pa.B. 7165 (December 11, 2010) and submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 20, 2010. After modification to add certain dental benefits and to delete a provision to address section 214 of CHIPRA, CMS approved that proposed State Plan Amendment on August 12, 2011. The December 2010, proposed State Plan Amendment is available through the CHIP web site at http://www.chipcoverspakids.com/chip-resources/resources-for-advocates-legislators-and-media/annual-reports/. The modified State Plan Amendment that was approved by CMS on August 12, 2011, is also available through the CHIP web site.

MICHAEL F. CONSEDINE, 
Insurance Commissioner

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 11-1525. Filed for public inspection September 2, 2011, 9:00 a.m.]



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