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HF 1548

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/07/2019 07:32pm

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; modifying child care assistance provider payments;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 119B.09, subdivision 7; 119B.13,
subdivision 6.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 119B.09, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Date of eligibility for assistance.

(a) The date of eligibility for child care
assistance under this chapter is the later of the date the application was received by the
county; the beginning date of employment, education, or training; the date the infant is born
for applicants to the at-home infant care program; or the date a determination has been made
that the applicant is a participant in employment and training services under Minnesota
Rules, part 3400.0080, or chapter 256J.

(b) Payment ceases for a family under the at-home infant child care program when a
family has used a total of 12 months of assistance as specified under section 119B.035.
Payment of child care assistance for employed persons on MFIP is effective the date of
employment or the date of MFIP eligibility, whichever is later. Payment of child care
assistance for MFIP or DWP participants in employment and training services is effective
the date of commencement of the services or the date of MFIP or DWP eligibility, whichever
is later. Payment of child care assistance for transition year child care must be made
retroactive to the date of eligibility for transition year child care.

(c) Notwithstanding paragraph (b), payment of child care assistance for participants
eligible under section 119B.05 may only be made retroactive for a maximum of deleted text beginsixdeleted text endnew text begin threenew text end
months from the date of application for child care assistance.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for applications processed on or after
July 1, 2019.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 119B.13, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Provider payments.

(a) The provider shall bill for services provided within
ten days of the end of the service period. Payments under the child care fund shall be made
within 21 days of receiving a complete bill from the provider. Counties or the state may
establish policies that make payments on a more frequent basis.

(b) If a provider has received an authorization of care and been issued a billing form for
an eligible family, the bill must be submitted within deleted text begin60deleted text endnew text begin 30new text end days of the last date of service
on the bill. A bill submitted more than deleted text begin60deleted text endnew text begin 30new text end days after the last date of service must be paid
if the county determines that the provider has shown good cause why the bill was not
submitted within deleted text begin60deleted text endnew text begin 30new text end days. Good cause must be defined in the county's child care fund
plan under section 119B.08, subdivision 3, and the definition of good cause must include
county error. Any bill submitted more than a year after the last date of service on the bill
must not be paid.

(c) If a provider provided care for a time period without receiving an authorization of
care and a billing form for an eligible family, payment of child care assistance may only be
made retroactively for a maximum of deleted text beginsixdeleted text endnew text begin threenew text end months from the date the provider is issued
an authorization of care and billing form.

(d) A county or the commissioner may refuse to issue a child care authorization to a
licensed or legal nonlicensed provider, revoke an existing child care authorization to a
licensed or legal nonlicensed provider, stop payment issued to a licensed or legal nonlicensed
provider, or refuse to pay a bill submitted by a licensed or legal nonlicensed provider if:

(1) the provider admits to intentionally giving the county materially false information
on the provider's billing forms;

(2) a county or the commissioner finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the
provider intentionally gave the county materially false information on the provider's billing
forms, or provided false attendance records to a county or the commissioner;

(3) the provider is in violation of child care assistance program rules, until the agency
determines those violations have been corrected;

(4) the provider is operating after:

(i) an order of suspension of the provider's license issued by the commissioner;

(ii) an order of revocation of the provider's license; or

(iii) a final order of conditional license issued by the commissioner for as long as the
conditional license is in effect;

(5) the provider submits false attendance reports or refuses to provide documentation
of the child's attendance upon request; or

(6) the provider gives false child care price information.

(e) For purposes of paragraph (d), clauses (3), (5), and (6), the county or the commissioner
may withhold the provider's authorization or payment for a period of time not to exceed
three months beyond the time the condition has been corrected.

(f) A county's payment policies must be included in the county's child care plan under
section 119B.08, subdivision 3. If payments are made by the state, in addition to being in
compliance with this subdivision, the payments must be made in compliance with section
16A.124.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for billing forms submitted on or after
July 1, 2019.
new text end