senate Bill S7505

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the age of an infant and reimbursement for child care

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May 15, 2014 referred to children and families

S7505 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Children And Families
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง410-x, Soc Serv L

S7505 - Bill Texts

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Distinguishes the age of an infant as a child under the age of two for certain purposes.

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BILL NUMBER:S7505

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to
age of infant and reimbursement

PURPOSE: To ensure child care providers receive adequate reimbursement.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one of this bill would require that a child care provider be
reimbursed at the infant rate for a child up to two years of age.

Section two of the bill would set an effective date of April 1, 2015.

JUSTIFICATION: Licensing regulations require a certain staff to child
ratio depending on the age and number of children receiving care with
additional staff being required for any increases in infant care. As a
result, the subsidy reimbursement amount for infant care is higher than
what would be provided for older children. Subsidy regulations define an
infant as a child from 0-18 months, however staffing ratios set forth by
the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) considers an infant to
be 0-24 months. This creates a 6-month financial shortfall for providers
who do not receive the higher reimbursement amount, but are still
required to operate under the standards of the licensing requirements
such as a higher level of staff to child ratio. Aligning the definition
of infant in subsidy regulation and licensing regulations will ensure
that providers receive an adequate subsidy to compensate for the level
of care that is being provided.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect April 1, 2015.

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

                                  7505

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  FELDER -- 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  age  of  infant
  and reimbursement

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 410-x of the social services  law,
as  added by section 52 of part B of chapter 436 of the laws of 1997, is
amended to read as follows:
  4. The amount to be paid or allowed for child care  assistance  funded
under  the block grant shall be the actual cost of care but no more than
the applicable market-related payment rate established by the department
in regulations. The payment rates established by the department shall be
sufficient to ensure equal access for eligible  children  to  comparable
child care assistance in the substate area that are provided to children
whose  parents  are not eligible to receive assistance under any federal
or state programs. Such payment rates shall take into account the  vari-
ations in the costs of providing child care in different settings and to
children  of different age groups, and the additional costs of providing
child care for children with special needs.  FOR THE PURPOSE  OF  DETER-
MINING  SUCH  PAYMENT RATES, AN INFANT SHALL BE CONSIDERED A CHILD UNDER
THE AGE OF TWO.
  S 2. This act shall take effect April 1, 2015.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14188-04-4

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