House File 334 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to state child care assistance, including
2income eligibility and waiting list guidelines and copayment
3requirements and providing an effective date.
4BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  Section 237A.13, subsection 7, paragraph c, Code
22019, is amended to read as follows:
   3c.  Families with an income of more than one hundred percent
4but not more than one hundred forty-five eighty-five percent
5of the federal poverty level whose members, for at least
6twenty-eight hours per week in the aggregate, are employed
7or are participating at a satisfactory level in an approved
8training program or educational program.
9   Sec. 2.  DIRECTIVE TO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES — CHILD
10CARE ASSISTANCE.
   111.  The department of human services shall amend its
12administrative rules pursuant to chapter 17A to do all of the
13following:
   14a.  Provide income eligibility for state child care
15assistance, according to family size for children needing basic
16care, to families whose nonexempt gross monthly income does not
17exceed one hundred eighty-five percent of the federal poverty
18level.
   19b.  Adjust the state child care assistance copayment
20schedule in incrementally increased amounts for families whose
21nonexempt gross monthly income does not exceed two hundred
22percent of the federal poverty level.
   232.  The department may adopt emergency rules to implement
24this section. The rules adopted pursuant to this section shall
25take effect July 1, 2019.
26   Sec. 3.  EMERGENCY RULES.  The department of human services
27shall submit a notice of intended action to the administrative
28rules coordinator and the administrative code editor pursuant
29to section 17A.4, subsection 1, paragraph “a”, not later
30than sixty days after the effective date of this Act, for
31the adoption of rules to implement this Act. The department
32of human services shall additionally submit emergency rules
33adopted under section 17A.4, subsection 3, and section 17A.5,
34subsection 2, paragraph “b”, by the same date.
35   Sec. 4.  EFFECTIVE DATE.  This Act, being deemed of immediate
-1-1importance, takes effect upon enactment.
2EXPLANATION
3The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
4the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   5This bill relates to state child care assistance, including
6income eligibility and waiting list guidelines and copayment
7requirements.
   8The state child care assistance program is administered
9by the department of human services (DHS). Based upon the
10availability of the funding appropriated for state child care
11assistance for a fiscal year, the DHS establishes waiting
12lists for state child care assistance in descending order
13of prioritization. Under current law, one of the waiting
14list requirements relates to families with an income of
15more than 100 percent but not more than 145 percent of the
16federal poverty level whose members, for at least 28 hours
17per week in the aggregate, are employed or are participating
18at a satisfactory level in an approved training program or
19educational program. The bill increases this waiting list
20income eligibility limit from 145 percent to 185 percent.
   21The bill directs DHS to amend its administrative rules to
22provide income eligibility for state child care assistance,
23according to family size for children needing basic care, to
24families whose nonexempt gross monthly income does not exceed
25185 percent of the federal poverty level. The bill also
26directs DHS to adjust the state child care assistance copayment
27schedule in incrementally increased amounts for such families
28whose nonexempt gross monthly income does not exceed 200
29percent of the federal poverty level. The administrative rules
30adopted by DHS shall be effective July 1, 2019.
   31The bill provides DHS shall submit a notice of intended
32action to the administrative rules coordinator and the
33administrative code editor for adoption of rules not later than
3460 days after the effective date of the bill for the adoption
35of rules. The bill requires the department to additionally
-2-1submit emergency rules adopted by the same date.
   2The bill takes effect upon enactment.
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