(a) A child with special needs residing in this state who is the subject of an adoption assistance agreement with another state shall be entitled to receive a medical assistance identification from this state upon the filing in the medicaid office of a certified copy of the adoption assistance agreement obtained from the adoption assistance state. The adoptive parents shall be required at least annually to show that the agreement is still in force or has been renewed.
(b) The terms of the compact entered into by the department and addressed in this statute will apply to children who are the subject of a federal adoption assistance agreement. At the department's option, and in concurrence with the Alabama Medicaid Agency, the state may elect to provide the benefits described in this statute to children who are the subject of a state adoption assistance agreement, in which case the Department of Human Resources will pay the state's share of the cost of Medicaid coverage for children who are the subject of a state adoption assistance agreement and who are also eligible for Medicaid according to applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
(c) The state medicaid office shall consider the holder of a medical assistance identification pursuant to this section as any other holder of a medical assistance identification under the laws of this state and shall process and make payment on claims on account of such holder in the same manner and pursuant to the same conditions and procedures as for other recipients of medical assistance.
(d) The provisions of this section shall apply only to medical assistance for children under adoption assistance agreements from states that have entered into a compact with this state under which the other state provides medical assistance to children with special needs under adoption assistance agreements made by this state.