Welfare Watch - December 21, 2009 - National Issues Examined
Providers Sue to Prevent Cuts to Children Services - As states across the nation face this unprecedented economic downturn with budget cuts to all services including foster care and residential treatment, they may be breaking the law. Services provided under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act require that the State pay the cost of providing those services. Providers in Indiana, California and Missouri have filed suits against their State's budget cuts that do not provide for the full payment of cost of foster care services. Missouri and California have been successful in these lawsuits in Federal courts.
The requirements of Title IV-E of the Social Security Act require that the State must make foster care payments that cover the cost of food, shelter, clothing, daily supervision, school supplies, personal incidentals, liability insurance, and reasonable travel to the child's home for visitation. Title IV-E also includes related administrative costs for the provision of the above. In addition to those allowable costs, the per diem rates include treatment costs, health-related, education related and other costs.
Health Care Reform - Earlier this morning, the United States Senate voted 60-40 to end debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health care reform bill that Congress has been crafting through most of 2009. Senators are being urged to support this important and historic piece of legislation when they vote on it later this week. Specifically for children, the bill will:
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