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Substitute Senate Bill No. 298

Public Act No. 04-53

AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (f) of section 5-259 of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 03-149, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2004):

(f) The Comptroller, with the approval of the Attorney General and of the Insurance Commissioner, shall arrange and procure a group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan or plans for any person who adopts a child from the state foster care system, any person [designated] who has been a foster parent [or] for the Department of Children and Families for six months or more, a parent in a permanent family residence [by the Department of Children and Families] for six months or more, and any dependent of such adoptive parent, foster parent or parent [,] in a permanent family residence who elects coverage under such plan or plans. The Comptroller may also arrange for inclusion of such person and any such dependent in an existing group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan offered by the state. Any adoptive parent, foster parent or a parent in a permanent family residence and any dependent who elects coverage shall pay one hundred per cent of the premium charged for such coverage directly to the insurer, provided such adoptive parent, foster parent or parent and all such dependents shall be included in such group hospitalization and medical and surgical insurance plan. A person and his dependents electing coverage pursuant to this subsection shall be eligible for such coverage until no longer [designated] an adoptive parent, a foster parent or a parent in a permanent family residence. An adoptive parent shall be eligible for such coverage until the adopted child reaches the age of eighteen or, if the child has not completed a secondary education program, until such child reaches the age of twenty-one. As used in this section "dependent" means a spouse or natural or adopted child if such child is wholly or partially dependent for support upon the adoptive parent, foster parent or parent in a permanent family residence.

Approved May 4, 2004