AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO SUBSIDIZED CHILD CARE AND TO STUDY EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR CHILD CARE SUBSIDY TO THREE HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL.
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Appropriates $180 million in recurring funds for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development and Early Education, to fund the expansion of the number of children served in the child care subsidy program. Requires $58 million of the funds for 2022-23 (in recurring funds) be allocated to cover copays for families eligible for subsidized child care.
Amends Section 9C.4 of SL 2021-180 to set the maximum gross annual income for initial eligibility for subsidized child care services for any child who is 12 years old or younger or any child with special needs, at 200% of the federal poverty level (removes the percentage differentiations that were based on the child's age). Adds that families receiving subsidized child care services whose gross annual income increases beyond the initial eligibility thresholds will share in the cost of care based on a percentage of their gross annual income, with amounts set at either 0% or 2.5%.
Appropriates $250,000 for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Division of Child Development and Early Education for a feasibility study to plan for and determine the costs of expanding eligibility criteria for the child care subsidy program to 300% of the federal poverty level. Requires a report on the study to the specified NCGA committee by December 1, 2023.
Effective July 1, 2022.
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