AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT TO ENSURE THAT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ARE CONNECTED TO ALL FEDERALLY FUNDED ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR WHICH THEY ARE ELIGIBLE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.
Requires the State Controller to transfer $2 million for 2020-21 from the Coronavirus Relief Reserve to the Coronavirus Relief Fund (both established in SL 2020-4). Appropriates those funds to the Department of Health and Human Services (Department) for 2020-21 to ensure that children and families are connected to all federally funded public assistance programs for which they are eligible by funding: (1) data matching to identify, contact, and enroll children and families who are currently enrolled in one program who are eligible or newly eligible for multiple programs; (2) investment in technology and temporary staffing to support the work required in (1) and the work of enrolling families in urgent need of assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic who have never interacted with the Division of Social Services; and (3) capacity for a public-focused awareness campaign to encourage enrollment in federally funded benefits programs for families who are newly eligible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as guidance on how to enroll. Limits the use of funds to the purposes of the act and limitations in the CARES Act.
Requires the Department to report to the specified NCGA committees and division by March 1, 2021, on the use of the funds.
Effective July 1, 2020, and applies retroactively to March 1, 2020, and expires December 30, 2020.
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