House File 38 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1making an appropriation to provide assistance to
2parents, guardians, and custodians with costs resulting from
3the death of a child.
4BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  CHILD FUNERAL ASSISTANCE.  There is appropriated
2from the general fund of the state to the department of public
3health for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019, and ending
4June 30, 2020, the following amount, or so much thereof as is
5necessary, to be used for the purposes designated:
   6For a grant to assist parents in this state with costs
7resulting from the death of a child in accordance with this
8section:
..................................................  $9100,000
   101.  The department shall award the amount appropriated in
11this section in the form of a grant to a nonprofit organization
12located in a city in this state with a population of more than
132,283 but less than 2,320 based on the 2010 federal decennial
14census. The organization shall be approved to operate under
15section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code and have
16been providing assistance since at least July 2011, to parents,
17guardians, and custodians with funeral-related expenses
18resulting from the unintended death of a child.
   192.  The grantee shall utilize the grant to assist parents who
20reside in this state with costs incurred for a funeral, burial
21or cremation, cemetery costs, or grave marker costs associated
22with the unintended death of a child of the parent or a child
23under the care of a guardian or custodian. The grantee shall
24apply the following eligibility factors in awarding such
25assistance:
   26a.  The child was a stillborn infant or was less than age
27eighteen at the time of death.
   28b.  The request for assistance was approved by the local
29board or department of health or the county general assistance
30director and may have been referred by a local funeral home.
   31c.  To be eligible, the parent, guardian, or custodian must
32be receiving public assistance benefits through the county,
33state, or federal government, or provide other evidence of a
34lack of financial resources to pay more than a portion of the
35costs. Public assistance benefits shall include but are not
-1-1limited to county general assistance, or benefits provided
2through the family investment program, federal food assistance
3program, medical assistance program, or state child care
4assistance program, or housing assistance.
   5d.  The maximum amount of grant assistance provided under
6this section to a parent, guardian, or custodian associated
7with the death of a child is $2,000. If the death is a multiple
8death and the infants or children are being cremated, or buried
9together, the same limitation applies.
   10e.  To the extent the overall amount of assistance received
11by a recipient for the costs addressed under this section does
12not exceed the overall total of the costs, the recipient may
13receive other public or private assistance in addition to grant
14assistance under this section.
   153.  Notwithstanding section 8.33, moneys appropriated in
16this section that remain unencumbered or unobligated at the
17close of the fiscal year shall not revert but shall remain
18available for expenditure for the purposes designated until
19expended.
20EXPLANATION
21The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
22the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   23This bill makes an appropriation to the department of public
24health for a grant to provide assistance to parents, guardians,
25and custodians with the costs resulting from the death of a
26child.
   27The bill includes grantee qualifications; limits assistance
28to the costs incurred for a funeral, burial or cremation,
29cemetery costs, or grave marker costs associated with the
30unintended death of a child of the parent or a child under
31the care or custody of the guardian or custodian; limits
32eligibility to parents, guardians, and custodians who receive
33county, state, or federal public assistance or do not have
34the financial resources to pay for more than a portion of the
35costs; requires approval of a request for assistance by a local
-2-1board or department of public health or the county general
2assistance director; limits assistance under the grant to not
3more than $2,000; and allows a recipient to receive other
4public or private assistance in addition to grant assistance.
5The appropriation does not revert but remains available until
6expended.
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