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  • NJ A1237
  • Prohibits existing child care subsidy recipient from being treated as a new applicant for subsidy after moving to a new county of residence.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would prohibit the Department of Human Services from requiring a child care subsidy recipient to reapply for a subsidy, as a new applicant, following the recipient's change of residence from one county to another in the State. Currently, the department uses two different income eligibility standards to determine, respectively, whether a first-time applicant can receive a child care subsidy, and whether an existing subsidy recipient can continue to receive such subsidy after the passage of time. Pursuant to these eligibility standards, a first time applicant for a child care subsidy must have an income that is equal to or less than 200% of the federal poverty level in order to qualify for a subsidy; however, after an eligible first time applicant begins to receive the subsidy, their income is allowed to grow, and they will remain eligible for continued program participation so long as their income does not rise above 250% of the federal poverty level. The rules established by the department, however, effectively allow for the penalization of child care subsidy recipients who change their place of residence from one county to another in the State - a change that may be necessary to allow for their receipt of suitable affordable housing. In particular, whenever a subsidy recipient moves their place of residence from one county to another in the State, the department requires the subsidy recipient to reapply for a child care subsidy in the new county of residence, in accordance with the income eligibility requirements applicable to first-time applicants. In practice, this rule can result in the loss of child care subsidy benefits by parents who would otherwise have qualified for continued program participation, in their original county of residence, based on the higher income eligibility standard applicable to existing program participants. This bill would eliminate this barrier to residential movement by specifying that a person's receipt of child care subsidies may not be based upon the person's place of residence, or any change thereof, and by further clarifying that a child care subsidy recipient, upon moving their place of residence, must remain subject only to the requirements applicable to existing program participants, and may not be required to reapply for a subsidy as a new applicant in the new county of residence, or otherwise be subject to the requirements for new applicants.
Women and Children
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee
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