90th General Assembly
Summary of HB2605
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DCFS-DAY CARE-TECHNICAL                                                    

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends the Children and Family  Services  Act.   Replaces  "every      
   year" with "annually" in a Section concerning day care.                     
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                 
          Deletes reference to:                                                
          20 ILCS 505/5.15                                                     
          Adds reference to:                                                   
          305 ILCS 5/9A-11                                                     
        Deletes everything.  Amends  the  Illinois  Public  Aid  Code  in      
   provisions   regarding  child  care  assistance.   Provides  that  the      
   Department of Human Services shall allocate not less than 2.5% of  the      
   funds  appropriated  to  the  Department  for  child  care services to      
   provide child care services  to  persons  at  risk  of  becoming  TANF      
   recipients  whose family income is below the threshold for eligibility      
   and who are enrolled  and  making  satisfactory  progress  in  certain      
   specified  employment or education programs.  Provides that the income      
   of a parent of an  applicant  claimed  as  a  tax  dependent  on  that      
   parent's  federal income tax return shall be considered in determining      
   the eligibility of certain applicants for child care services who are       
   at risk of becoming TANF recipients. Requires the Department to col-        
   lect identifying information and data on persons who apply for child        
   care services who are at risk of becoming recipients of TANF whom the       
   Department  is  unable to serve due to a lack of sufficient resources.      
   Changes the income eligibility threshold  for  services  from  50%  of      
   State  median  income to 60% of current State median income. Effective      
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2.                                                 
        Provides that notwithstanding the income level at which  families      
   become  eligible  to  receive  child care assistance, any family which      
   remains otherwise eligible for child care assistance shall continue to      
   receive child care assistance until the family income exceeds  60%  of      
   current State median income.                                                
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 3.                                                 
        Provides that the Department of Human Services shall set aside 6%      
   of all funds appropriated to the Department to provide child care           
   services under the Code to expand the quality of child care provided        
   and 4% to expand the supply of child care provided, specifically            
   including rehabilitation and construction of facilities and building        
   the supply of care in identified areas of need, such as infant and          
   toddler care, care for children with special needs, and before and          
   after school care.                                                          
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 4.                                                 
        Creates a Task Force on Child Care  Rates  for  the  purposes  of      
   reviewing  the  results  of  the  1998  child  care market rate survey      
   conducted  by  the   Department   of   Human   Services   and   making      
   recommendations  to  the  General  Assembly,  the  Governor,  and  the      
   Secretary  of  Human  Services  regarding  the  implementation  of the      
   findings of the 1998 market rate survey.  Provides that the Task Force      
   shall consist of 15 members, appointed by the Governor,  the  Majority      
   and  Minority  Leaders of the General Assembly, the Secretary of Human      
   Services, and the Director of Children and Family Services.   Provides      
   that  the  Task  Force  shall  submit  a  report  of  its findings and      
   recommendations to  the  General  Assembly  and  to  the  Governor  by      
   December  1,  1998  and that the Task Force is abolished on January 1,      
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 5.                                                 
        Provides that co-payments for child care for a  family  with  one      
   child in care shall not exceed 8% of the family's gross annual income,      
   and  for  a family with 2 children in care shall not exceed 10% of the      
   family's gross annual income, with nominal  increases  for  additional      
   children.  Makes allowances for newly employed families and for summer      
   care  rates  for  school-aged  children  of families in good standing.      
   Provides that non-profit and governmental entities that receive State       
   subsidies for the provision of child care and collect no less than 90%      
   of co-payment fees due per month shall be reimbursed by the Department      
   of Human Services for any remaining fees not collected up to 10% of         
   those due.                                                                  
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 7.                                                 
        Deletes everything.  Reinserts language identical to the bill  as      
   previously  amended but removes provisions detailing the assistance to      
   be provided to families  at  risk  of  becoming  TANF  recipients  and      
   provisions  changing  the income eligibility guidelines for child care      
          FISCAL NOTE, H-am 7 (DHS)                                            
          The Department's child care fee scale indicates that a weekly        
          fees for more than two children in care increase by only             
          $0-l.00 for each additional child at the same earnings levels.       
          If a family's income increases by certain amounts and they have      
          an additional child in care, fees increase by more than $1.00.       
          Co-payments would be reduced for families who make $19,638 (45%      
          of the SMI for a family of three) or more. The amendment does        
          not address where (or how) providers would make up the lost          
          The budgetary impact of the Dept. assuming these co-payments         
          will cost approximately $1.8 million annually. This cost es-         
          timate assumes 25% of current cases (with new earnings) and          
          newly approved earned income cases will qualify based on an          
          average monthly co-payment benefit of $50 per case.                  
          Requires that certain families be charged a full-time summer         
          co-payment equal to the part-time school-year fee. The fiscal        
          impact would be a reduction in co-payments collected by child        
          care providers.                                                      
          Requires reimbursement by the Dept. to certain providers for         
          uncollected fees. Whatever amount is estimated, additional           
          appropriations would be required to meet this purpose.               
          STATE MANDATES ACT FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 7                               
          Fails to create a State mandate.                                     
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE

   Last action date: 99-01-12

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   6     SENATE -   0


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