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HF 619

as introduced - 84th Legislature (2005 - 2006) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; modifying parental
contributions for the cost of services for children
with mental retardation; amending Minnesota Statutes
2004, section 252.27, subdivision 2a.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 252.27,
subdivision 2a, is amended to read:


Subd. 2a.

Contribution amount.

(a) The natural or
adoptive parents of a minor child, including a child determined
eligible for medical assistance without consideration of
parental income, must contribute to the cost of services used by
making monthly payments on a sliding scale based on income,
unless the child is married or has been married, parental rights
have been terminated, or the child's adoption is subsidized
according to section 259.67 or through title IV-E of the Social
Security Act.

(b) For households with adjusted gross income equal to or
greater than 100 percent of federal poverty guidelines, the
parental contribution shall be computed by applying the
following schedule of rates to the adjusted gross income of the
natural or adoptive parents:

(1) if the adjusted gross income is equal to or greater
than 100 percent of federal poverty guidelines and less than 175
percent of federal poverty guidelines, the parental contribution
is $4 per month;

(2) if the adjusted gross income is equal to or greater
than 175 percent of federal poverty guidelines and less than or
equal to deleted text begin375 deleted text endnew text begin545 new text endpercent of federal poverty guidelines, the
parental contribution shall be determined using a sliding fee
scale established by the commissioner of human services which
begins at one percent of adjusted gross income at 175 percent of
federal poverty guidelines and increases to 7.5 percent of
adjusted gross income for those with adjusted gross income up to
deleted text begin 375 deleted text endnew text begin545 new text endpercent of federal poverty guidelines;

(3) if the adjusted gross income is greater than deleted text begin375 deleted text endnew text begin545
new text end percent of federal poverty guidelines and less than 675 percent
of federal poverty guidelines, the parental contribution shall
be 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income;

(4) if the adjusted gross income is equal to or greater
than 675 percent of federal poverty guidelines and less than 975
percent of federal poverty guidelines, the parental contribution
shall be new text begindetermined using a sliding fee scale established by the
commissioner of human services which begins at 7.5 percent of
adjusted gross income at 675 percent of federal poverty
guidelines and increases to
new text endten percent of adjusted gross income
new text begin for those with adjusted gross income up to 975 percent of
federal poverty guidelines
new text end; and

(5) if the adjusted gross income is equal to or greater
than 975 percent of federal poverty guidelines, the parental
contribution shall be 12.5 percent of adjusted gross income.

If the child lives with the parent, the annual adjusted
gross income is reduced by $2,400 prior to calculating the
parental contribution. If the child resides in an institution
specified in section 256B.35, the parent is responsible for the
personal needs allowance specified under that section in
addition to the parental contribution determined under this
section. The parental contribution is reduced by any amount
required to be paid directly to the child pursuant to a court
order, but only if actually paid.

(c) The household size to be used in determining the amount
of contribution under paragraph (b) includes natural and
adoptive parents and their dependents, including the child
receiving services. Adjustments in the contribution amount due
to annual changes in the federal poverty guidelines shall be
implemented on the first day of July following publication of
the changes.

(d) For purposes of paragraph (b), "income" means the
adjusted gross income of the natural or adoptive parents
determined according to the previous year's federal tax form,
except, effective retroactive to July 1, 2003, taxable capital
gains to the extent the funds have been used to purchase a home
shall not be counted as income.

(e) The contribution shall be explained in writing to the
parents at the time eligibility for services is being
determined. The contribution shall be made on a monthly basis
effective with the first month in which the child receives
services. Annually upon redetermination or at termination of
eligibility, if the contribution exceeded the cost of services
provided, the local agency or the state shall reimburse that
excess amount to the parents, either by direct reimbursement if
the parent is no longer required to pay a contribution, or by a
reduction in or waiver of parental fees until the excess amount
is exhausted.

(f) The monthly contribution amount must be reviewed at
least every 12 months; when there is a change in household size;
and when there is a loss of or gain in income from one month to
another in excess of ten percent. The local agency shall mail a
written notice 30 days in advance of the effective date of a
change in the contribution amount. A decrease in the
contribution amount is effective in the month that the parent
verifies a reduction in income or change in household size.

(g) Parents of a minor child who do not live with each
other shall each pay the contribution required under paragraph
(a). An amount equal to the annual court-ordered child support
payment actually paid on behalf of the child receiving services
shall be deducted from the adjusted gross income of the parent
making the payment prior to calculating the parental
contribution under paragraph (b).

(h) The contribution under paragraph (b) shall be increased
by an additional five percent if the local agency determines
that insurance coverage is available but not obtained for the
child. For purposes of this section, "available" means the
insurance is a benefit of employment for a family member at an
annual cost of no more than five percent of the family's annual
income. For purposes of this section, "insurance" means health
and accident insurance coverage, enrollment in a nonprofit
health service plan, health maintenance organization,
self-insured plan, or preferred provider organization.

Parents who have more than one child receiving services
shall not be required to pay more than the amount for the child
with the highest expenditures. There shall be no resource
contribution from the parents. The parent shall not be required
to pay a contribution in excess of the cost of the services
provided to the child, not counting payments made to school
districts for education-related services. Notice of an increase
in fee payment must be given at least 30 days before the
increased fee is due.

(i) The contribution under paragraph (b) shall be reduced
by $300 per fiscal year if, in the 12 months prior to July 1:

(1) the parent applied for insurance for the child;

(2) the insurer denied insurance;

(3) the parents submitted a complaint or appeal, in writing
to the insurer, submitted a complaint or appeal, in writing, to
the commissioner of health or the commissioner of commerce, or
litigated the complaint or appeal; and

(4) as a result of the dispute, the insurer reversed its
decision and granted insurance.

For purposes of this section, "insurance" has the meaning
given in paragraph (h).

A parent who has requested a reduction in the contribution
amount under this paragraph shall submit proof in the form and
manner prescribed by the commissioner or county agency,
including, but not limited to, the insurer's denial of
insurance, the written letter or complaint of the parents, court
documents, and the written response of the insurer approving
insurance. The determinations of the commissioner or county
agency under this paragraph are not rules subject to chapter 14.