File No. 33383
This rule was published in the March 1, 2010, issue (Vol. 2010, No. 5) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Workforce Services, Employment Development
Child Care Assistance
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 33383
Filed: 02/11/2010 02:38:08 PM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The purpose of this amendment is to align the sanctions for providers.
Summary of the rule or change:
If a provider takes funds he or she is not eligible to receive, the provider incurs an overpayment and the Department will remove that provider from the approved provider list. There are several ways overpayments can occur and the sanctions are different under the current rule. For ease of administration and to make the system more fair, the sanctions under this proposed amendment will be the same.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Subsection 35A-1-104(4)
- Section 35A-1-104
- Subsection 35A-3-310(3)
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
This applies to federally-funded programs so there are no costs or savings to the state budget.
This is a federally-funded program so there are no costs or savings to the local government.
There will be no costs to small businesses to comply with these changes because this is a federally-funded program.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
There will be no costs of any persons to comply with these changes because there are no costs or fees associated with these proposed changes.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
There are no compliance costs associated with these changes for any persons because this is a federally-funded program and there are no fees or costs associated with these proposed changes.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
There are no compliance costs associated with this change. There are no fees associated with this change. There will be no cost to anyone to comply with these changes. There will be no fiscal impact on any business.
Kristen Cox, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Workforce Services
140 E 300 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-2333
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Suzan Pixton at the above address, by phone at 801-526-9645, by FAX at 801-526-9211, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Kristen Cox, Executive Director
R986. Workforce Services, Employment Development.
R986-700. Child Care Assistance.
R986-700-706. Provider Rights and Responsibilities.
(1) Providers assume the responsibility to collect payment for child care services rendered. Neither the Department nor the state of Utah assumes responsibility for payment to providers.
(2) A provider may not charge clients receiving a CC subsidy a higher rate than their customers who do not receive a CC subsidy.
(3) Providers must keep accurate records of subsidized child care payments, time and attendance. The Department has the right to investigate child care providers and audit their records. Time and attendance records for all subsidized clients must be kept for at least one year. If a provider fails to cooperate with a Department investigation or audit, or fails to keep records for one year, the provider will no longer be an approved provider.
(4) If a provider accepts payment from funds provided by the Department for services which were not provided, the provider may be referred for criminal prosecution and will no longer be an approved provider. This is true even if the funds were authorized under R986-700-718.
(5) If an overpayment is established and it is determined that the provider was at fault in the creation of the overpayment, the provider is responsible for repayment of the overpayment.
(6) Records will be kept by the Department for individuals who are not approved providers and against whom a referral or complaint is received.
R986-700-718. Provider Disqualification.
(1) A child care provider removing child care subsidy funds from a client's account by way of electronic benefit transfer (EBT), which includes the Horizon card and interactive voice response (IVR), can only remove those funds from a client's account that are authorized by the Department for that provider. All providers receiving payment for child care services through an EBT may learn the exact amount authorized for that provider for each client by accessing the Department's Provider Payment Authorization website. Providers who remove more funds than authorized will be required to reimburse the Department for the excess funds and will be disqualified from receipt of further CC subsidy funds as follows;
(a) if the provider has never removed unauthorized CC subsidy funds before, the Department will send a demand letter to the provider's last known address informing the provider of the unauthorized access and establishing an overpayment in the amount of the excess funds. If the provider repays the overpayment within six months of the date of the demand letter, no further action will be taken on that overpayment,
(b) if the provider removes funds in excess of those authorized by the Department a second time, and the provider repaid the previous overpayment or is making a good faith effort to repay the overpayment, a second demand letter will be sent to the provider's last known address. The second letter will establish an overpayment in the amount of the excess funds removed and inform the provider that any further unauthorized access will result in disqualification. If the provider removes unauthorized funds and has not repaid the first overpayment, or is not making a good faith effort to repay the first overpayment to the Department, no second demand letter will be sent and the provider will be disqualified for a period of one year from the date the Department issues its letter, or in the case of an appeal, from the date the ALJ issues his or her determination. A good faith effort to repay the overpayment means the provider is repaying at least 10% of the overpayment due each month,
(c) if a child care provider removes unauthorized funds a third time, or a second time without repayment of the first overpayment as provided in paragraph (1)(b) of this subsection, the provider will be disqualified and is ineligible for receipt of further CC subsidy funds for a period of one year from the date the Department issues its letter, or in the case of an appeal, from the date the ALJ issues his or her determination,
(d) a CC provider previously disqualified for one year from receipt of CC subsidy funds due to unauthorized removal of funds in paragraph (1)(c) of this subsection, will be disqualified for a period of two years if the provider removes unauthorized funds again. Warning letters under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection will not be sent if a provider was previously disqualified for receipt of CC subsidy funds,
(e) a CC provider previously disqualified for a two year period due to unauthorized removal of funds in paragraph (1)(d) of this subsection will be permanently disqualified if the provider removes unauthorized funds again. Warning letters under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection will not be sent if a provider was previously disqualified for receipt of CC subsidy funds.
2]) CC providers disqualified under subsection
of this section will be ineligible for receipt of
quality grants awarded by the Department during the period of
3]) A CC provider overpayment not paid in full within six
months will be referred to collection and will be collected in the
same manner as all public assistance overpayments. Payment of
provider overpayments must be made to the Department and not to the
4]) A CC provider may appeal an overpayment or
disqualification as provided for public assistance appeals in rule
R986-100. Any appeal must be filed in writing within 30 days of the
date of letter establishing the overpayment or disqualification. A
provider who has been found ineligible may continue to receive CC
subsidy funds pending appeal until a decision is issued by the ALJ.
The disqualification period will take effect even if the provider
files an appeal of the decision issued by the ALJ.[ (5) Even if CC funds are authorized under this section, a CC
provider cannot remove, accept and/or retain funds for any month
during which no CC services were provided. If authorized funds were
accepted from a client or taken as provided in this section but no
CC services were provided during the month, the Department will
send a demand letter to the provide establishing the overpayment
and the provider will be given 30 days repay the Department or
enter into an installment payment agreement. Under an installment
agreement, the provider must agree to make monthly payments and pay
the full amount within a maximum of six months of the date of the
demand letter. If full payment is not received within six months,
the provider may be referred for criminal prosecution and will no
longer be an approved provider as provided under R986-700-706(4).
This is true even if the provider has never removed or retained CC
funds in the past.]
KEY: child care
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
July 2, 2008]
Notice of Continuation: September 14, 2005
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 35A-3-310
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