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September 24th Department of State Notice

24. September, 2014UncategorizedNo comments

The Office of Children’s Issues is pleased to announce the appointment of Trish Maskew as the new Chief of the Adoption Division.

Trish joins the Department of State from the Department of Justice where she worked in the Civil Division for almost six years.  Before joining the U.S. government, she held several positions in the intercountry adoption field: as a program coordinator for an adoption agency; a board member and interim administrator for the Joint Council on International Children’s Services; the founder and President of Ethica, a non-profit organization dedicated to ethical and transparent adoptions; and as an expert consultant to the Hague Conference on Private International Law.  She is the author of “Our Own: Adopting and Parenting the Older Child” and numerous articles on adoption ethics and practice.  She earned her J.D. from American University.

Borrowed from http://travel.state.gov/content/adoptionsabroad/en/about-us/newsroom/Welcome_new_adoption_chief_TrishMaskew.html

 

Health Insurance for your Adoptive Child

15. September, 2014UncategorizedNo comments

candy-child-doctor-400x400The U.S. federal law, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 requires an insurance company to offer an adopted child the same health insurance coverage as a birth child. Additionally, any pre-existing conditions do not disqualify your child from receiving coverage.  See 107 STAT. 374-375. This can be important information in case your insurance carrier tries to deny adoption-related medical expenses that may be covered under this law. West Sands requires all adoptive families carry health insurance coverage plans for themselves and their children.

The legal wording and citation as signed into law are provided below:

Subtitle D-Group Health Plans Sec. 4301. Standards for Group Health Plan Coverage

(a) In General-Part 6 of subtitle B of title 1 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 U.S.C. 1161 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end of the following new section: “ADDITIONAL STANDARDS FOR GROUP HEALTH PLANS Sec. 609. (a) Group Health Plan Coverage Pursuant to Medical Child Support Orders”

(c) Group Health Plan Coverage of Dependent Children in Cases of adoption

(1) Coverage effective upon placement for adoption

In any case in which a group health plan provides coverage for dependent children of participants or beneficiaries, such plan shall provide benefits to dependent children placed with participants or beneficiaries for adoption under the same terms and conditions as apply in the case of dependent children who are natural children of participants or beneficiaries under the plan, irrespective of whether the adoption has become final.

(2) Restrictions Based on Preexisting Conditions at the Time of Placement for Adoption Prohibited

A group health plan may not restrict coverage under the plan of any dependent child adopted by a participant or beneficiary, or placed with a participant or beneficiary for adoption solely on the basis of a preexisting condition of such a child at the time that such child would otherwise become eligible for coverage under the plan, if the adoption or placement for adoption occurs while the participant or beneficiary is eligible for coverage under the plan.

(3) DEFINITIONS-.For purposes of this subsection-

(A) CHILD- The term “child” means, in connection with any adoption, or placement for adoption, of the child, any individual who has not attained the age 18 as of the date of such adoption or placement for adoption.

(B) PLACEMENT FOR ADOPTION-the term “placement” or being “placed”, for adoption, in connection with any placement for adoption of a child with any person, means the assumption and retention by such person of a legal obligation for total or partial support of such child in anticipation of adoption of such child.  The child’s placement with such person terminates upon the termination of such legal obligation.

Information borrowed from www.adoptingfamilyresources.com and  http://transition.fcc.gov