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S.F. No. 1278 - Modifying Certain Child Care Provisions
Author: Senator Tony Lourey
Prepared By: Joan White, Senate Counsel (651/296-3814)
Date: March 1, 2017


(According to DHS, the following sections are federal compliance: sections 1 to 12, 13 (except paragraphs (a) and (b)); 14 (except subdivisions 1 and 3); 15 (except paragraph (e)); 16, 17, 19 to 21, 23, and 24. 

Section 1 (119B.011, subd. 6) modifies the definition of “child care fund” to include support for the development and school readiness of children.

Section 2 (119B.011, subd. 13b) defines the term “homeless” in the child care chapter of law.

Sections 3 and 4 (119B.011, subds. 20 and 20a) amend eligibility for transition year families to allow families who received MFIP or DWP for at least one month (current law is three months) in the last six months to receive assistance, and permits child care to be used for approved education or training programs.

Section 5 (119B.02, subd. 1) allows the commissioner to establish application processing timelines for applicants who are homeless.

Section 6 (119B.025, subd. 1) requires the county to verify “counted” income, strikes language related to the redetermination of child care, which is moved to a new subdivision in the next section, and adds application procedures for homeless families.

Section 7 (119B.025, subd. 3) adds a new subdivision modifying redetermination requirements used to determine ongoing eligibility for child care assistance.  The redetermination must be done no more frequently than every 12 months.

Section 8 (119B.025, subd. 4) lists the factors that constitute a change in child care assistance eligibility.

Section 9 (119B.03, subd. 3) strikes a reference to a statute that is being repealed.

Section 10 (119B.03, subd. 9) requires the portability pool basic sliding fee assistance continue until the family is able to receive assistance under the county’s basic sliding fee program.  Current law allows six months.

Section 11 (119B.05, subd. 1) expands the families eligible for child care assistance under the MFIP child care program to include a student parent over 21 years old, until the student parent is approved for basic sliding fee child care assistance or until redetermination, whichever comes first.

Section 12 (119B.09, subd. 1) requires families to pay the co-payment fee according to the fee schedule in this chapter and to self-certify at application and redetermination that the family’s assets are less than or equal to $1,000,000. 

Section 13 (119B.09, subd. 4) strikes language related to verifying income, which is inconsistent with the new language in section 119B.025, subdivision 4.

Section 14 (119B.095) adds a new section of law related to the authorization of child care hours.

Subdivision 1 specifies general authorization requirements. Under certain circumstances, the authorization is based on the applicant's verified activity schedule.

Subdivision 2 provides that the amount of child care authorized shall continue until redetermination, but allows the county to reduce or increase hours based on specific circumstances.

Subdivision 3 allows 60 hours of child care assistance for three months for homeless families.  Additional hours may be authorized as needed, based on the applicant verifying eligibility an activity requirements.

Section 15 (119B.10, subd. 1) modifies the section of law related to child care assistance for persons seeking and retaining employment. An applicant who is job searching is eligible for 60 hours of child care assistance for three months. The applicant must meet applicable employment or education requirement, or be complying with an employment plan to continue receiving child care assistance after the initial three months.

Section 16 (119B.10, subd. 3) adds a new subdivision specifying the education or training requirements in order to authorize child care assistance.

Section 17 (119B.105) adds a new section of law allowing for the extension of eligibility of an additional three months, under certain circumstances.

Section 18 (119B.11, subd. 2a) modifies recovery of child care assistance overpayments by clarifying when overpayments must be recovered.

Section 19 (119B.12, subd. 2) requires parent fees to be established for a 12-month period.

Section 20 (119B.13, subd. 1) increases child care provider rates.

Section 21 (119B.13, subd. 6) specifies provider billing requirements, and provides that payment will be made within 21 days of receiving a complete bill.

Section 22 (256P.05, subd. 1) provides that a participant who qualifies for CCAP is subject to self-employment income determinations.

Sections 23 and 24 (256P.07, subds. 3 and 6) amend reporting measures to conform with federal law.

Section 25 repeals section 119B.07.  The language from this law is moved to section 16, which consolidates provisions related to education or training.

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