Governor Rick Perry today signed into law House Bill 2702, ensuring adopted children from foster care receive health care coverage. These efforts will help more loving families whose hearts are inclined to adopt, but do not have financial means to afford health insurance, welcome a child into their home.
"Families are built and strengthened through love and care, not from wealth," said Perry. "Every child deserves a home, and thanks to this bill, more families will have the means and assistance needed to open their doors to adopting a child."
HB 2702 provides health insurance subsidies, totaling $150 monthly, to adopted children from foster care who are not eligible for Medicaid. Participating families who have an income less than 300 percent of the federal poverty limit are eligible to receive health care benefits.
The bill also clarifies the existing higher education tuition and fee exemption, which is intended to help adopted children from the Department of Family and Protective Services attend college.
HB 2702 takes effect immediately.
For more information on legislative action taken by Governor Perry, please visit www.governor.state.tx.us.