senate Bill S6819

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to reimbursement for child care absences

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Mar 13, 2014 referred to children and families

S6819 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8926
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง410-x, Soc Serv L

S6819 - Bill Texts

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Relates to reimbursement criteria for child care absences.

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BILL NUMBER:S6819

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation
to reimbursement for child care absences

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To ensure child care providers
receive reimbursement adequate to maintain a stable business.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section one would require that local social services districts make
payments to providers for at least 12 absences in a 6 month period.
OCFS would define the maximum number of absences allowed for
reimbursement, which would not be less than 24 absences in a 6 month
period, unless extenuating circumstances exist.

Section three of the bill would set an effective date of April 1,
2014.

JUSTIFICATION: Local social services districts can opt to withhold a
portion of subsidy reimbursement from a provider for days in which a
child is absent from care. While state regulations allow up to 12 days
in absences for each child in any one calendar month, most if not all
of these counties choose not to pay providers when children do not
attend. This creates fiscal uncertainty for many providers, leading to
difficulty with staff retention and optimal quality care. Therefore,
this bill would require local social services districts to pay for at
least 6 absences in order to maintain stability among child care
programs.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 1, 2014

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6819

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 13, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in  relation  to  reimbursement
  for child care absences

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 410-x of the social  services  law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision 9 to read as follows:
  9. REIMBURSEMENT FOR PAYMENT ON BEHALF OF CHILDREN WHO ARE TEMPORARILY
ABSENT FROM CHILD CARE IS REQUIRED FOR A MINIMUM OF TWELVE DAYS IN A SIX
MONTH PERIOD.  A MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ABSENCES, WHICH SHALL BE NO LESS THAN
TWENTY-FOUR DAYS IN A SIX MONTH PERIOD SHALL BE DETERMINED BY THE OFFICE
OF  CHILDREN  AND  FAMILY SERVICES PURSUANT TO REGULATION. REIMBURSEMENT
FOR ADDITIONAL ABSENCES SHALL BE ALLOWABLE IN THE  CASE  OF  EXTENUATING
CIRCUMSTANCES,  AS  DETERMINED  BY  THE  OFFICE  OF  CHILDREN AND FAMILY
SERVICES PURSUANT TO REGULATION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect April 1, 2014.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14187-02-4

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