as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/05/2020 04:07pm
A bill for an act
relating to human services; modifying the child care assistance provider
reimbursement rates; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 119B.13,
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 119B.13, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
(a) deleted text beginBeginning February 3, 2014,deleted text end The maximum
rate paid for child care assistance in any county or county price cluster under the child care
fund shall be the greater of the 25th percentile of the deleted text begin2011deleted text endnew text beginnew text end child care provider
rate survey new text beginnew text endor the deleted text beginmaximum rate effective November
28, 2011deleted text endnew text beginnew text end. For a child care provider located within
the boundaries of a city located in two or more of the counties of Benton, Sherburne, and
Stearns, the maximum rate paid for child care assistance shall be equal to the maximum
rate paid in the county with the highest maximum reimbursement rates or the provider's
charge, whichever is less. The commissioner may: (1) assign a county with no reported
provider prices to a similar price cluster; and (2) consider county level access when
determining final price clusters.
(b) A rate which includes a special needs rate paid under subdivision 3 may be in excess
of the maximum rate allowed under this subdivision.
(c) The department shall monitor the effect of this paragraph on provider rates. The
county shall pay the provider's full charges for every child in care up to the maximum
established. The commissioner shall determine the maximum rate for each type of care on
an hourly, full-day, and weekly basis, including special needs and disability care.
(d) If a child uses one provider, the maximum payment for one day of care must not
exceed the daily rate. The maximum payment for one week of care must not exceed the
(e) If a child uses two providers under section 119B.097, the maximum payment must
(1) the daily rate for one day of care;
(2) the weekly rate for one week of care by the child's primary provider; and
(3) two daily rates during two weeks of care by a child's secondary provider.
(f) Child care providers receiving reimbursement under this chapter must not be paid
activity fees or an additional amount above the maximum rates for care provided during
nonstandard hours for families receiving assistance.
(g) If the provider charge is greater than the maximum provider rate allowed, the parent
is responsible for payment of the difference in the rates in addition to any family co-payment
(h) All maximum provider rates changes shall be implemented on the Monday following
the effective date of the maximum provider rate.
(i) Notwithstanding Minnesota Rules, part 3400.0130, subpart 7, maximum registration
fees in effect on January 1, 2013, shall remain in effect.