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S.F. No. 3703 - Child care assistance program providers proof of surety bond coverage requirement; unspent human services grant funding by counties and tribes reallocation authorization; qualified professionals supervising personal care assistants enrollment require
Author: Senator Jim Abeler and Senator John A. Hoffman
Prepared By: Patrick Hauswald, Senate Counsel (651/296-5079)
Date: March 10, 2020


S.F. No. 3703 re-introduces five provisions that were included the 2019 Human Services Reform omnibus bill (S.F. No. 92), but were not ultimately included in the final Health & Human Services omnibus bill that was signed into law.

Section 1 (119B.125, subdivision 10) requires proof of surety bond coverage for child care centers that receive $250,000 or more in CCAP funds per year. If the provider’s revenue is $250,000 or more in the previous year, the provider must purchase a surety bond of $100,000. The surety bond must be in a form approved by the commissioner, must be renewed annually, and must allow for recovery of costs and fees in pursuing a claim on the bond.

Section 2 [256.0113] permits counties and tribes receiving human services grants funded exclusively with state dollars to, at the start of the fourth fiscal quarter each year, re-allocate unspent grant dollars for any county or tribal human services purpose. Any proposed re-allocation must be approved by majority vote of the county board or governing tribal body, and all approved re-allocations must be reported to the commissioner of human services.

Section 3 (256B.0659, subdivision 14) requires a qualified professional to inform DHS within 30 days that they are no longer employed by the PCA agency with which they were affiliated.

Section 4 (Direction to the commissioner; NEMT driver enrollment impact) requires the commissioner to study the impact of individual driver enrollment on the integrity of the NEMT program and to report the study’s findings to the legislature.

Section 5 (Direction to the commissioner; home care services payment reform proposal) requires the commissioner to develop a proposal for medical assistance reimbursement for home care services based on the Medicare prospective payment methodology for home health.

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