Child Physical Abuse Forensic Examination Program
The Child Physical Abuse Forensic Examination (CARE) Program was established to cover the cost of the professional fee for CARE providers who perform a forensic examination to collect and preserve evidence on children under 18 years of age who have been a victim of physical abuse in Missouri. Medical professionals are required to bill the Child Physical Abuse Program as a payor of first resort for reasonable charges incurred during the forensic examination. Professional fee charges shall not be billed to other payment resources, such as the patientâ€™s parent or guardian, health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare. Charges for medical procedures, facility fees, supplies, laboratory/radiology tests, court preparation or court testimony are not eligible for reimbursement. For more details, please follow the link to the program statute and rules.