US Laws - Affordable Health Care Act (HR3950F)
TITLE II--ROLE OF PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Subtitle L--Maternal and Child Health Services

SEC. 2955. INCLUSION OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A HEALTH CARE POWER OF ATTORNEY IN TRANSITION PLANNING FOR CHILDREN AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE AND INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAMS. (3455)(1-click HTML)

(a) Transition Planning- Section 475(5)(H) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 675(5)(H)) is amended by inserting "includes information about the importance of designating another individual to make health care treatment decisions on behalf of the child if the child becomes unable to participate in such decisions and the child does not have, or does not want, a relative who would otherwise be authorized under State law to make such decisions, and provides the child with the option to execute a health care power of attorney, health care proxy, or other similar document recognized under State law," after "employment services,". (3456)

(b) Independent Living Education- Section 477(b)(3) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 677(b)(3)) is amended by adding at the end the following: (3457)

"(K) A certification by the chief executive officer of the State that the State will ensure that an adolescent participating in the program under this section are provided with education about the importance of designating another individual to make health care treatment decisions on behalf of the adolescent if the adolescent becomes unable to participate in such decisions and the adolescent does not have, or does not want, a relative who would otherwise be authorized under State law to make such decisions, whether a health care power of attorney, health care proxy, or other similar document is recognized under State law, and how to execute such a document if the adolescent wants to do so.". (3458)

(c) Health Oversight and Coordination Plan- Section 422(b)(15)(A) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 622(b)(15)(A)) is amended-- (3459)

(1) in clause (v), by striking "and" at the end; and (3460)

(2) by adding at the end the following: (3461)

"(vii) steps to ensure that the components of the transition plan development process required under section 475(5)(H) that relate to the health care needs of children aging out of foster care, including the requirements to include options for health insurance, information about a health care power of attorney, health care proxy, or other similar document recognized under State law, and to provide the child with the option to execute such a document, are met; and". (3462)

(d) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section take effect on October 1, 2010. (3463)

  

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