CHAPTER 319s
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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Sec. 17b-90. (Formerly Sec. 17-83). Disclosure of information concerning program applicants and participants. Limitations. Regulations.
Sec. 17b-93. (Formerly Sec. 17-83e). Claim of state for repayment of aid. Exceptions. Regulations.
Sec. 17b-99. (Formerly Sec. 17-83k). Vendor fraud penalties. Distribution of medical assistance program rules. Regulations. Audits of service providers.
Sec. 17b-104. (Formerly Sec. 17-2). State supplementation to the Supplemental Security Income Program. Payment standards.
Sec. 17b-105a. Food stamp program. Authority of commissioner to seek waiver and implement federal options.
Sec. 17b-105b. Food stamp benefit extensions.
Sec. 17b-106. (Formerly Sec. 17-12f). State supplement to Supplemental Security Income Program. Unearned income disregard. Adult payment standards. State supplement payments for certain residents in long-term care facilities.
Sec. 17b-137a. Social Security number to be recorded on license applications, certain documents and death certificate. Confidentiality.

PART I
DEFINITIONS. GENERAL PROVISIONS

      Sec. 17b-90. (Formerly Sec. 17-83). Disclosure of information concerning program applicants and participants. Limitations. Regulations. (a) The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, necessary to enable him to carry out the programs the Department of Social Services is designated to administer pursuant to section 17b-2, including any regulations necessary for receiving grants from the federal government to this state if the absence of any such regulation would result in the loss of such grants and regulations governing the custody and use of the records, papers, files and communications concerning persons applying for or receiving assistance under said sections. When names and addresses of recipients of such assistance are required by law to be furnished to or held by any other government agency, such agency shall adopt regulations to prevent the publication of lists thereof or their use for purposes not directly connected with the administration of said programs.

      (b) No person shall, except for purposes directly connected with the administration of programs of the Department of Social Services and in accordance with the regulations of the commissioner, solicit, disclose, receive or make use of, or authorize, knowingly permit, participate in or acquiesce in the use of, any list of the names of, or any information concerning, persons applying for or receiving assistance from the Department of Social Services or persons participating in a program administered by said department, directly or indirectly derived from the records, papers, files or communications of the state or its subdivisions or agencies, or acquired in the course of the performance of official duties. The Commissioner of Social Services shall disclose (1) to any authorized representative of the Labor Commissioner such information directly related to unemployment compensation, administered pursuant to chapter 567 or information necessary for implementation of sections 17b-688b, 17b-688c and 17b-688h and section 122 of public act 97-2 of the June 18 special session*, (2) to any authorized representative of the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services any information necessary for the implementation and operation of the basic needs supplement program or for the management of and payment for behavioral health services for applicants for and recipients of state-administered general assistance, (3) to any authorized representative of the Commissioner of Administrative Services, or the Commissioner of Public Safety such information as the state Commissioner of Social Services determines is directly related to and necessary for the Department of Administrative Services or the Department of Public Safety for purposes of performing their functions of collecting social services recoveries and overpayments or amounts due as support in social services cases, investigating social services fraud or locating absent parents of public assistance recipients, (4) to any authorized representative of the Commissioner of Children and Families necessary information concerning a child or the immediate family of a child receiving services from the Department of Social Services, including safety net services, if the Commissioner of Children and Families or the Commissioner of Social Services has determined that imminent danger to such child's health, safety or welfare exists to target the services of the family services programs administered by the Department of Children and Families, (5) to a town official or other contractor or authorized representative of the Labor Commissioner such information concerning an applicant for or a recipient of financial or medical assistance under state-administered general assistance deemed necessary by said commissioners to carry out their respective responsibilities to serve such persons under the programs administered by the Labor Department that are designed to serve applicants for or recipients of state-administered general assistance, (6) to any authorized representative of the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the purposes of the behavioral health managed care program established by section 17a-453, (7) to any authorized representative of the Commissioner of Public Health to carry out his or her respective responsibilities under programs that regulate child day care services or youth camps, or (8) to a health insurance provider, in IV-D support cases, as defined in section 46b-231, information concerning a child and the custodial parent of such child that is necessary to enroll such child in a health insurance plan available through such provider when the noncustodial parent of such child is under court order to provide health insurance coverage but is unable to provide such information, provided the Commissioner of Social Services determines, after providing prior notice of the disclosure to such custodial parent and an opportunity for such parent to object, that such disclosure is in the best interests of the child. No such representative shall disclose any information obtained pursuant to this section, except as specified in this section. Any applicant for assistance provided through said department shall be notified that, if and when such applicant receives benefits, the department will be providing law enforcement officials with the address of such applicant upon the request of any such official pursuant to section 17b-16a.

      (c) In IV-D support cases, as defined in subdivision (13) of subsection (b) of section 46b-231, in addition to the prohibitions of subsection (b) of this section, no information shall be released concerning the whereabouts of one party to another party (1) against whom a protective order, a restraining order or a standing criminal restraining order with respect to the former party is in effect, or (2) if the department has reason to believe that the release of the information may result in physical or emotional harm to the former party.

      (d) The Commissioner of Social Services shall provide written notice to a person applying for or receiving assistance from the Department of Social Services or a person participating in a program administered by said department that such person's address and telephone number may be provided to the Department of Children and Families pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of this section.

      (e) Penalties prescribed by subsection (b) of section 17b-97 shall apply to violations of this section.

      (1949 Rev., S. 2888, 2897, 2912; September, 1957, P.A. 11, S. 27, 28; March, 1958, P.A. 27, S. 73; 1969, P.A. 306; 1971, P.A. 642, S. 2; P.A. 73-25, S. 1, 4; P.A. 75-420, S. 4, 6; P.A. 77-614, S. 69, 587, 608, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 126, 136; P.A. 88-156, S. 13; P.A. 93-262, S. 35, 87; P.A. 96-263, S. 1, 2; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2, S. 37, 124, 165; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-7, S. 8, 38; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8, S. 19, 88; P.A. 98-239, S. 19, 35; 98-250, S. 30, 39; P.A. 03-89, S. 1; P.A. 04-76, S. 9; P.A. 05-272, S. 3.)

      *Note: Section 122 of public act 97-2 of the June 18 special session is special in nature and therefore has not been codified but remains in full force and effect according to its terms.

      History: 1969 act added proviso in Subsec. (b) re access to welfare case records by representative of finance and control commissioner; 1971 act rephrased proviso re access to records granted finance and control representative; P.A. 73-25 replaced reference to repealed Secs. 17-102 and 17-132 with reference to Subsec. (b) of Sec. 17-83i in Subsec. (c); P.A. 75-420 replaced welfare commissioner and department with commissioner and department of social services; P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner and department of finance and control with commissioner and department of administrative services and, effective January 1, 1979, replaced commissioner and department of social services with commissioner and department of income maintenance; P.A. 78-303 included in disclosure provision commissioner and department of state police, replaced as of January 1, 1979, with commissioner and department of public safety; P.A. 88-156 replaced social services recipients with public assistance recipients in Subsec. (b); P.A. 93-262 replaced references to "this chapter" with references to programs of department of social services or persons participating in a program administered by said department and replaced references to department and commissioner of income maintenance with references to department and commissioner of social services, effective July 1, 1993; Sec. 17-83 transferred to Sec. 17b-90 in 1995; P.A. 96-263 amended Subsec. (b) to add Subdiv. (2) re the disclosure of the address and telephone number of a child receiving services from the Department of Social Services to the Commissioner of Children and Families and added Subsec. (d) re the provision of written notice to a person applying or receiving assistance from the Department of Social Services, effective June 10, 1996 (Revisor's note: Subsec. (d) was editorially designated by the Revisors as Subsec. (c) and previously existing Subsec. (c) designated as (d) to retain penalty provisions' placement at end of section); June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2 amended Subsec. (a) to make technical and conforming changes and amended Subsec. (b) by mandating the Commissioner of Social Services to disclose to any authorized representative of the Labor Commissioner such information directly related to unemployment compensation, administered pursuant to chapter 567 or information necessary for the implementation of Secs. 17b-688b to 17b-688d, inclusive and Sec. 122 of June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2, to disclose, to any authorized representative of the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services any information necessary for the implementation and operation of the basic needs supplement program, to disclose to any authorized representative of the Commissioner of Children and Families necessary information concerning the evaluation of the TANF program, expanding the mandate on the Commissioner of Children and Families from providing the address and telephone number to any necessary information of a child or the immediate family of a child receiving services from the Department of Social Services if the Commissioner of Children and Families has determined that imminent danger to such child's health, safety or welfare exists, adding a provision mandating an applicant for the program be notified that, if and when such applicant receives benefits, the department shall provide law enforcement officials with the name and address of such applicant upon the request of such official pursuant to Sec. 17b-16a, effective July 1, 1997; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-7 inserted new Subsec. (c) re limitations on disclosure of information of whereabouts of one party to another party in IV-D support cases, relettering former Subsecs. (c) and (d) accordingly, effective July 1, 1997; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8 made a technical change in Subsec. (a) and amended Subsec. (b) by adding Subdiv. (3) re authorized representatives, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-239 amended Subsec. (b) to require the department to notify applicants for assistance under any department-administered program, rather than just the temporary family assistance program, that it will provide law enforcement officials with their addresses, eliminating reference to their names, effective June 8, 1998; P.A. 98-250 amended Subsec. (b) to expand Subdiv. (1) re management of and payment for behavioral health services for general assistance and divided Subdiv. (1) into Subdivs. (1), (2) and (3), deleted Subpara. (A) of former Subdiv. (2) re evaluation of temporary assistance for needy families programs, added safety net services, Commissioner of Social Services and targeting of family services programs in former Subdiv. (2) designating it as Subdiv. (4), added Subdiv. (5) re disclosure to town official or Labor Commissioner and designated former Subdiv. (3) as Subdiv. (6), effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 03-89 amended Subsec. (b) by adding Subdiv. (7) re permissible disclosures to health insurance providers in IV-D support cases and by making a technical change; P.A. 04-76 amended Subsec. (b) by deleting references to "general assistance"; P.A. 05-272 amended Subsec. (b) by adding new Subdiv. (7) to authorize disclosures to authorized representatives of the Commissioner of Public Health for purposes of carrying out their responsibilities under programs regulating child day care services or youth camps and redesignating existing Subdiv. (7) as Subdiv. (8).

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      Sec. 17b-93. (Formerly Sec. 17-83e). Claim of state for repayment of aid. Exceptions. Regulations. (a) If a beneficiary of aid under the state supplement program, medical assistance program, aid to families with dependent children program, temporary family assistance program or state-administered general assistance program has or acquires property of any kind or interest in any property, estate or claim of any kind, except moneys received for the replacement of real or personal property, the state of Connecticut shall have a claim subject to subsections (b) and (c) of this section, which shall have priority over all other unsecured claims and unrecorded encumbrances, against such beneficiary for the full amount paid, subject to the provisions of section 17b-94, to him or in his behalf under said programs; and, in addition thereto, the parents of an aid to dependent children beneficiary, a state-administered general assistance beneficiary or a temporary family assistance beneficiary shall be liable to repay, subject to the provisions of said section 17b-94, to the state the full amount of any such aid paid to or in behalf of either parent, his spouse, and his child or children. The state of Connecticut shall have a lien against property of any kind or interest in any property, estate or claim of any kind of the parents of an aid to dependent children beneficiary, in addition and not in substitution of its claim, for amounts owing under any order for support of any court or any family support magistrate, including any arrearage under such order, provided household goods and other personal property identified in section 52-352b, real property pursuant to section 17b-79, as long as such property is used as a home for the beneficiary and money received for the replacement of real or personal property, shall be exempt from such lien.

      (b) Any person who received cash benefits under the aid to families with dependent children program, the temporary family assistance program or the state-administered general assistance program, when such person was under eighteen years of age, shall not be liable to repay the state for such assistance.

      (c) No claim shall be made, or lien applied, against any payment made pursuant to chapter 135, any payment made pursuant to section 47-88d or 47-287, any moneys received as a settlement or award in a housing or employment discrimination case, any court-ordered retroactive rent abatement, including any made pursuant to subsection (e) of section 47a-14h, section 47a-4a, 47a-5, or 47a-57, or any security deposit refund pursuant to subsection (d) of section 47a-21 paid to a beneficiary of assistance under the state supplement program, medical assistance program, aid to families with dependent children program, temporary family assistance program or state-administered general assistance program.

      (d) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, whenever funds are collected pursuant to this section or section 17b-94, and the person who otherwise would have been entitled to such funds is subject to a court-ordered current or arrearage child support payment obligation in a IV-D support case, such funds shall first be paid to the state for reimbursement of Medicaid funds granted to such person for medical expenses incurred for injuries related to a legal claim by such person which was the subject of the state's lien and such funds shall then be paid to the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement for distribution pursuant to the federally mandated child support distribution system implemented pursuant to subsection (j) of section 17b-179. The remainder, if any, shall be paid to the state for payment of previously provided assistance through the state supplement program, medical assistance program, aid to families with dependent children program, temporary family assistance program or state-administered general assistance program.

      (e) The Commissioner of Social Services shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, establishing criteria and procedures for adjustment of the claim of the state of Connecticut under subsection (a) of this section. The purpose of any such adjustment shall be to encourage the positive involvement of noncustodial parents in the lives of their children and to encourage noncustodial parents to begin making regular support payments.

      (1969, P.A. 730, S. 28; P.A. 76-334, S. 5, 12; P.A. 80-483, S. 73, 186; P.A. 81-18; P.A. 83-581, S. 30, 40; P.A. 85-564, S. 11, 12; P.A. 86-315, S. 1, 5; 86-359, S. 27, 44; P.A. 87-339, S. 1; P.A. 97-312, S. 2; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2, S. 40, 165; P.A. 99-279, S. 5; P.A. 01-207, S. 2, 12; P.A. 05-280, S. 44; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3, S. 80.)

      History: P.A. 76-334 made section applicable to those who have property as well as those who afterwards acquire property and added provisions re liens for amounts owing for court-ordered support; P.A. 80-483 replaced reference to repealed Sec. 52-352 with reference to Secs. 52-352a to 52-352e; P.A. 81-18 deleted a provision that reimbursement for claims made after October 1, 1959, be restricted to medical disbursements actually made for the care of a beneficiary; P.A. 83-581 replaced "other personal property identified in sections 52-352a to 52-352c, inclusive" with "other personal property identified in section 52-352b"; P.A. 85-564 added "subject to the provisions of section 17-83f" in two places; P.A. 86-315 made a technical change in Subsec. (a) and added a new Subsec. (b) which exempted any person under eighteen years of age, who received cash benefits under the AFDC program, from repaying the state for the assistance; P.A. 86-359 added reference to support orders issued by family support magistrates; P.A. 87-339 specified instances in which no claims shall be made or liens applied; Sec. 17-83e transferred to Sec. 17b-93 in 1995; P.A. 97-312 amended Subsec. (a) by exempting "moneys received for the replacement of real or personal property" from claim by the state for repayment of aid; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2 made technical and conforming changes, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 99-279 added a new Subsec. (d) providing that whenever funds are collected by the state through claims or liens and the person otherwise entitled to such funds is subject to a court-ordered child support payment obligation, such funds shall first be paid to the state for reimbursement of Medicaid funds and then be paid to the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement for distribution and the remainder, if any, shall be paid to the state for payment of previously provided public assistance; P.A. 01-207 added Subsec. (e) requiring commissioner to adopt regulations to establish criteria and procedures for adjustment of the state's claim under Subsec. (a) re noncustodial parents, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 05-280 amended Subsec. (c) to add "any moneys received as a settlement or award in a housing or employment discrimination case"; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3 changed effective date of P.A. 05-280, from October 1, 2005, to July 1, 2005, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 17b-99. (Formerly Sec. 17-83k). Vendor fraud penalties. Distribution of medical assistance program rules. Regulations. Audits of service providers. (a) Any vendor found guilty of vendor fraud under sections 53a-290 to 53a-296, inclusive, shall be subject to forfeiture or suspension of any franchise or license held by such vendor from the state in accordance with this subsection, after hearing in the manner provided for in sections 4-176e to 4-180a, inclusive, and 4-181a. Any vendor convicted of vendor fraud under sections 53a-290 to 53a-296, inclusive, shall have such license or franchise revoked. Nothing in this subsection shall preclude any board or commission established under chapters 369 to 376, inclusive, 378 to 381, inclusive, and 383 to 388, inclusive, and the Department of Public Health with respect to professions under its jurisdiction which have no board or commission from taking any action authorized in section 19a-17. Any vendor who is convicted in any state or federal court of a crime involving fraud in the Medicare program or Medicaid program or aid to families with dependent children program or state-administered general assistance program or temporary family assistance program or state supplement to the federal Supplemental Security Income Program or any federal or state energy assistance program or general assistance program or state-funded child care program or the refugee program shall be terminated from such programs, effective upon conviction, except that the Commissioner of Social Services may delay termination for a period he deems sufficient to protect the health and well-being of beneficiaries receiving services from such vendor. A vendor who is ineligible for federal financial participation shall be ineligible for participation in such programs. No vendor shall be eligible for reimbursement for any goods provided or services performed by a person convicted of a crime involving fraud in such programs. The convicted person may request a hearing concerning such ineligibility for reimbursement pursuant to sections 4-176e to 4-180a, inclusive, and 4-181a provided such request is filed in writing with the Commissioner of Social Services within ten days of the date of written notice by the commissioner to the person of such ineligibility. The commissioner shall give notice of such ineligibility to such vendors by means of publication in the Connecticut Law Journal following the expiration of said ten-day hearing request period, if no timely request has been filed, or following the decision on the hearing. The Commissioner of Social Services may take such steps as necessary to inform the public of the conviction and ineligibility for reimbursement. No vendor or person so terminated or denied reimbursement shall be readmitted to or be eligible for reimbursement in such programs. Any sums paid as a result of vendor fraud under sections 53a-290 to 53a-296, inclusive, may be recovered in an action brought by the state against such person.

      (b) For the purpose of determining compliance with subsection (a), all vendors shall notify the commissioner within thirty days after the date of employment or conviction, whichever is later, of the identity, interest and extent of services performed by any person convicted of a crime involving fraud in the Medicare program or Medicaid program or aid to families with dependent children program or state-administered general assistance program or temporary family assistance program or state supplement to the federal Supplemental Security Income Program or any federal or state energy assistance program or general assistance program or state-funded child care program or the refugee program. Prior to the commissioner's acceptance of a provider agreement or at any time upon written request by the commissioner, the vendor shall furnish the commissioner with the identity of any person convicted of a crime involving fraud in such programs who has an ownership or control interest in the vendor or who is an agent or managing employee. The commissioner shall terminate, refuse to enter into or renew an agreement with a vendor, except a vendor providing room and board and services pursuant to section 17b-340, if such convicted person has such interest or is such agent or employee. In the case of a vendor providing room and board and services pursuant to said section 17b-340, the commissioner may terminate, refuse to enter into or renew an agreement after consideration of any adverse impact on beneficiaries of such termination or refusal.

      (c) The Department of Social Services shall distribute to all vendors who are providers in the medical assistance program a copy of the rules, regulations, standards and laws governing the program. The Commissioner of Social Services shall adopt by regulation in the manner provided for in sections 4-166 to 4-176, inclusive, administrative sanctions against providers in the Medicare program or Medicaid program or aid to families with dependent children program or state-funded child care program or state-administered general assistance program or temporary family assistance program or state supplement to the federal Supplemental Security Income Program including suspension from the program, for any violations of the rules, regulations, standards or law. The commissioner may adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to provide for the withholding of payments currently due in order to offset money previously obtained as the result of error or fraud. The department shall notify the proper professional society and licensing agency of any violations of this section.

      (d) The Commissioner of Social Services, or any entity with whom the commissioner contracts, for the purpose of conducting an audit of a service provider that participates as provider of services in a program operated or administered by the department pursuant to this chapter or chapter 319t, 319v, 319y or 319ff, shall conduct any such audit in accordance with the provisions of this subsection. For purposes of this subsection "provider" means a person, public agency, private agency or proprietary agency that is licensed, certified or otherwise approved by the commissioner to supply services authorized by the programs set forth in said chapters.

      (1) Not less than thirty days prior to the commencement of any such audit, the commissioner, or any entity with whom the commissioner contracts to conduct an audit of a participating provider, shall provide written notification of the audit to such provider, unless the commissioner, or any entity with whom the commissioner contracts to conduct an audit of a participating provider makes a good faith determination that (A) the health or safety of a recipient of services is at risk; or (B) the provider is engaging in vendor fraud.

      (2) Any clerical error, including, but not limited to, recordkeeping, typographical, scrivener's or computer error, discovered in a record or document produced for any such audit, shall not of itself constitute a wilful violation of program rules unless proof of intent to commit fraud or otherwise violate program rules is established.

      (3) A finding of overpayment or underpayment to a provider in a program operated or administered by the department pursuant to this chapter or chapter 319t, 319v, 319y or 319ff, shall not be based on extrapolated projections unless (A) there is a sustained or high level of payment error involving the provider, (B) documented educational intervention has failed to correct the level of payment error, or (C) the value of the claims in aggregate exceeds one hundred fifty thousand dollars on an annual basis.

      (4) A provider, in complying with the requirements of any such audit, shall be allowed not less than thirty days to provide documentation in connection with any discrepancy discovered and brought to the attention of such provider in the course of any such audit.

      (5) The commissioner, or any entity with whom the commissioner contracts, for the purpose of conducting an audit of a provider of any of the programs operated or administered by the department pursuant to this chapter or chapter 319t, 319v, 319y or 319ff, shall produce a preliminary written report concerning any audit conducted pursuant to this subsection, and such preliminary report shall be provided to the provider that was the subject of the audit, not more than sixty days after the conclusion of such audit.

      (6) The commissioner, or any entity with whom the commissioner contracts, for the purpose of conducting an audit of a provider of any of the programs operated or administered by the department pursuant to this chapter or chapter 319t, 319v, 319y or 319ff, shall, following the issuance of the preliminary report pursuant to subdivision (5) of this subsection, hold an exit conference with any provider that was the subject of any audit pursuant to this subsection for the purpose of discussing the preliminary report.

      (7) The commissioner, or any entity with whom the commissioner contracts, for the purpose of conducting an audit of a service provider, shall produce a final written report concerning any audit conducted pursuant to this subsection. Such final written report shall be provided to the provider that was the subject of the audit, not more than sixty days after the date of the exit conference conducted pursuant to subdivision (6) of this subsection unless the commissioner, or any entity with whom the commissioner contracts, for the purpose of conducting an audit of a service provider, agree to a later date or there are other referrals or investigations pending concerning the provider.

      (8) Any provider aggrieved by a decision contained in a final written report issued pursuant to subdivision (7) of this subsection, may, not later than thirty days after the receipt of the final report, request, in writing, a review on all items of aggrievement. Such request shall contain a detailed written description of each specific item of aggrievement. The designee of the commissioner who presides over the review shall be impartial and shall not be an employee of the Department of Social Services Office of Quality Assurance or an employee of an entity with whom the commissioner contracts for the purpose of conducting an audit of a service provider.

      (9) The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any audit conducted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit established within the Office of the Chief State's Attorney.

      (P.A. 75-420, S. 4, 6; 75-558, S. 2; P.A. 76-242, S. 1, 2; P.A. 77-614, S. 587, 608, 610; P.A. 78-221, S. 1-3; 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 81-41, S. 1, 2; P.A. 82-190, S. 1, 2; P.A. 83-179; P.A. 84-235, S. 1, 2; P.A. 85-324; P.A. 88-176; 88-317, S. 71, 107; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87; 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 96-169, S. 2; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2, S. 45, 165; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 00-2, S. 22, 53; P.A. 05-195, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 75-420 allowed substitution of department of social services for welfare department in P.A. 75-558 which created the section; P.A. 76-242 included vendors providing services to recipients under Title XIX of Social Security Act in prohibitions of Subsec. (a), added reference to hearing in Subsec. (b) and added Subsec. (c) re adoption of regulations and distribution of rules to vendors; P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 replaced commissioner and department of social services with commissioner and department of income maintenance; P.A. 78-221 prohibited presenting false claim for payment with intent to defraud and added prohibition against accepting payments in excess of amounts due in Subsec. (a) and added Subsec. (d) imposing five-year limitation on prosecution; P.A. 81-41 added the requirement in Subsec. (b) that vendors convicted of medical assistance fraud be terminated from the program and provided the procedure for their readmission, and in Subsec. (c) empowered commissioner to adopt regulations re withholding of payments due to offset money previously obtained through error or fraud; P.A. 82-190 extended applicability of Subsec. (b) to include vendors convicted of a crime involving fraud in the aid to families with dependent children program, the state supplement to the Federal Supplemental Security Income Program or any federal or state energy assistance program or general assistance program; P.A. 83-179 defined the term "vendor," added the exception from termination upon conviction to protect the health and well-being of beneficiaries, added the provisions re ineligibility for reimbursement for goods or services performed by a person convicted of a crime involving fraud in assistance programs and inserted Subsec. (c) re notice of the identity, interest and services performed by such convicted person, relettering remaining Subsecs. accordingly; P.A. 84-235 added the language in Subsec. (b) concerning the suspension or revocation of a franchise or license based on the number of convictions for larceny and amended Subsec. (d) by listing the programs for which administrative sanctions are required; P.A. 85-324 amended Subsec. (b) to clarify the authority of the boards and commissions and the commissioner of health services to take action under Sec. 19a-17 in vendor fraud actions; P.A. 88-176 added the refugee program to Subsecs. (b) and (c), added a provision re the effect of vendor ineligibility for federal financial participation and reduced to one year the time in which a vendor may apply for readmission to the programs in Subsec. (b); P.A. 88-317 amended references to Secs. 4-177 to 4-180 in Subsec. (b) and amended reference to Secs. 4-166 to 4-176 and Ch. 54 in Subsec. (d), to include new sections added to Ch. 54, effective July 1, 1989, and applicable to all agency proceedings commencing on or after that date; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department of income maintenance, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; Sec. 17-83k transferred to Sec. 17b-99 in 1995; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-169 deleted Subsec. (a) defining vendor fraud, relettering Subsecs. (b) to (d) as (a) to (c), respectively, amended Subsec. (a) to replace reference to larceny with vendor fraud, to delete suspension penalties for vendors convicted of vendor fraud and make revocation of license or franchise the penalty for the first conviction of vendor fraud and to make termination or denial of reimbursement permanent, replacing a one-year period and deleted Subsec. (c) re limits on prosecution; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2 added the state-administered general assistance program and the temporary family assistance program to the provisions of this section, effective July 1, 1997; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 00-2 added provisions re a vendor who is convicted of a crime involving fraud in a state-funded child care program and made technical changes in Subsec. (a) for the purpose of gender neutrality, effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 05-195 added new Subsec. (d) re audits of service providers by the Department of Social Services, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 17b-104. (Formerly Sec. 17-2). State supplementation to the Supplemental Security Income Program. Payment standards. (a) The Commissioner of Social Services shall administer the program of state supplementation to the Supplemental Security Income Program provided for by the Social Security Act and state law. The commissioner may delegate any powers and authority to any deputy, assistant, investigator or supervisor, who shall have, within the scope of the power and authority so delegated, all of the power and authority of the Commissioner of Social Services. On and after January 1, 1994, the commissioner shall establish a standard of need based on the cost of living in this state for the temporary family assistance program and the state-administered general assistance program. The commissioner shall make a reinvestigation, at least every twelve months, of all cases receiving aid from the state, except that such reinvestigation may be conducted every twenty-four months for recipients of assistance to the elderly or disabled with stable circumstances, and shall maintain all case records of the several programs administered by the Department of Social Services so that such records show, at all times, full information with respect to eligibility of the applicant or recipient. In the determination of need under any public assistance program, such income or earnings shall be disregarded as federal law requires, and such income or earnings may be disregarded as federal law permits. The commissioner shall encourage and promulgate such incentive earning programs as are permitted by federal law and regulations.

      (b) On July 1, 1988, and annually thereafter, the commissioner shall increase the payment standards over those of the previous fiscal year under the aid to families with dependent children program, temporary family assistance program and the state-administered general assistance program by the percentage increase, if any, in the most recent calendar year average in the consumer price index for urban consumers over the average for the previous calendar year, provided the annual increase, if any, shall not exceed five per cent, except that the payment standards for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1992, June 30, 1993, June 30, 1994, June 30, 1995, June 30, 1996, June 30, 1997, June 30, 1998, June 30, 1999, June 30, 2000, June 30, 2001, June 30, 2002, June 30, 2003, June 30, 2004, June 30, 2005, June 30, 2006, and June 30, 2007, shall not be increased. On January 1, 1994, the payment standards shall be equal to the standards of need in effect July 1, 1993.

      (c) On and after July 1, 1995, the payment standards for families receiving assistance under the temporary family assistance program and the state-administered general assistance program shall be equal to seventy-three per cent of the AFDC standards of need in effect June 30, 1995.

      (d) For a family living in subsidized housing, income shall be attributed to such family which shall be eight per cent of the payment standard for such family.

      (1949 Rev., S. 2614; 1953, 1955, S. 1448d; 1961, P.A. 316; February, 1965, P.A. 344, S. 1; 1967, P.A. 314, S. 2; 562; 744, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 730, S. 9; 1971, P.A. 642, S. 1; P.A. 74-244; S.A. 74-31, S. 16, 22; P.A. 75-420, S. 4, 6; 75-547; P.A. 76-269, S. 1, 2; P.A. 77-591, S. 1, 3; 77-614, S. 608, 610; P.A. 78-192, S. 3, 7; P.A. 80-385, S. 1, 3; P.A. 81-449, S. 1, 11; P.A. 82-91, S. 6, 38; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-8, S. 1, 3; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-34, S. 5, 8; P.A. 84-470, S. 1, 4; P.A. 85-367, S. 2, 5; 85-505, S. 17, 21; P.A. 88-156, S. 7; 88-201, S. 1, 3; 88-317, S. 67, 107; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-8, S. 1, 63; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-16, S. 1, 89; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87; 93-418, S. 1, 41; P.A. 95-194, S. 2, 33; 95-351, S. 11, 30; P.A. 96-128; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2, S. 48, 165; P.A. 99-279, S. 6, 45; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-2, S. 55, 58, 69; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9, S. 129, 131; P.A. 03-19, S. 38; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3, S. 60; P.A. 04-76, S. 11; P.A. 05-280, S. 2.)

      History: 1961 act gave commissioner power to make regulations; 1965 act provided income and earnings be disregarded as federal law requires; 1967 acts allowed disregard of income or earnings "as federal law permits", required encouragement of incentive earning programs, gave to a cost of living commission the determination of standards of assistance and deleted duty to collect support from relatives; 1969 act rewrote regulation-making power provision and required issuance of regulations on or before January 1, 1970, required semiannual redetermination and revision of assistance standards and added proviso re aid to dependent children; 1971 act replaced semiannual redetermination with periodic redetermination of standards of need rather than assistance, required standards to meet federal requirements rather than to carry out state policy and deleted proviso re aid to dependent children; P.A. 74-244 replaced periodic redetermination with annual redetermination, required standards to reflect changes in living costs using Consumer Price Index and required report to general assembly; S.A. 74-31 added Subsecs. (b) and (c) re aid to dependent children, deleted reference to state paupers in previous provisions, now Subsec. (a), replaced chapter 48 reference with chapter 54, added proviso re aid to dependent children program and required standards to fulfill state as well as federal law; P.A. 75-420 replaced welfare commissioner with commissioner of social services; P.A. 75-547 clarified provision re amount of grant in Subsec. (c); P.A. 76-269 replaced former provisions of Subsec. (c) re shelter component of assistance and deleted proviso in Subsec. (a) which had referred to previous Subsec. (c); P.A. 77-591 deleted exception re shelter component in Subsec. (b) and changed applicable year from 1975 to 1978; P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner of social services with commissioner of income maintenance, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 78-192 rephrased Subsec. (b) making increase applicable to standard of need rather than payment level, including family cases under general assistance program and changing applicable year to 1979; P.A. 80-385 changed rate of increase from ten per cent to seven per cent for year 1980 in Subsec. (b) and added proviso re "disregards"; P.A. 81-449 amended Subsec. (b) to increase the standard of need by five per cent over the standard for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1981, replacing previous seven per cent increase; P.A. 82-91 amended Subsec. (b) to increase the standard of need by 3% over the standard for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1982, replacing previous year's reference to 5% increase in standard of need over the standard for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1981; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-8 amended Subsec. (b) to change the date from "June 30, 1982" to "June 30, 1983"; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-34 amended Subsec. (b) to add reference to state program established pursuant to Sec. 17-83o; P.A. 84-470 amended Subsec. (b) to provide for an increase in the standard of need on July 1, 1984, based on the increase in the "most recent calendar year average to average consumer price index for urban consumers for the U.S. city average over the standard for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1984"; P.A. 85-367 entirely replaced Subsec. (b) re increase in standard of need for fiscal year 1984-1985 with new provisions applicable to increase for fiscal year 1985-1986; P.A. 85-505 replaced prior provisions of Subsec. (b) re increase in standard of need with new provisions re increases for 1986, 1987 and 1988 and provided for the first time a cap on increases; P.A. 88-156 deleted obsolete language in Subsec. (a), deleted Subsec. (c) re payment of shelter component to recipients of aid to dependent children program, and specified the current programs the commissioner is required to administer; P.A. 88-201 authorized the annual increase of the standard of need in Subsec. (b); P.A. 88-317 amended Subsec. (c) to update reference to Secs. 4-166 to 4-176 to include new section added to Ch. 54, effective July 1, 1989, and applicable to all agency proceedings commencing on or after that date, but failed to take effect, Subsec. (c) having been deleted by P.A. 88-156; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-8 amended Subsec. (b) to delete language re increase in standard of need for fiscal year 1985-1986 to remove the needy student provision and to place a cap on the annual increase for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-16 amended Subsec. (b) by eliminating the increase in the standard of need for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1993; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department of income maintenance, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-418 in Subsec. (a) required the commissioner to establish payment standards for the AFDC and general assistance programs, replacing provisions requiring annual computation of standards of need based on federal Regional Consumer Price Index, in Subsec. (b) changed the words "standard of need" to "payment standards", added provision requiring that payment standards not be increased until after the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, and required that the payment standards in effect on January 1, 1994, be equal to the standards of need in effect July 1, 1993, effective July 1, 1993; Sec. 17-2 transferred to Sec. 17b-104 in 1995; P.A. 95-194 amended Subsec. (b) by adding the fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, and June 30, 1997, to the list of years in which payment standards shall not be increased, added Subsec. (c) lowering the payment standard on and after July 1, 1995, added Subsec. (d) providing that families in subsidized housing be required to count the value of such housing as income in determining the benefit payment, effective June 29, 1995; P.A. 95-351 amended Subsec. (c) by requiring payment standards apply to recipients of general assistance, amended Subsec. (d) by requiring that effective January 1, 1996, families subject to time limited benefits pursuant to Subsec. (b) of Sec. 17b-112 and living in subsidized housing have their benefit payment reduced by eight per cent of the payment standard, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-128 amended Subsec. (a) to allow for reinvestigations of elderly or disabled recipients of assistance with stable circumstances every twenty-four months; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2 amended Subsec. (b) by adding the fiscal years ending June 30, 1998, and June 30, 1999, to the list of years in which payment standards shall not be increased, replaced Subsec. (d) with a provision requiring a family living in subsidized housing to have income attributed to it at a rate of eight per cent of the standard of need if such family is subject to fill the gap budgeting and eight per cent of the payment standard for families not subject to such budgeting and added a definition of fill the gap budgeting and made technical and conforming changes, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 99-279 amended Subsec. (a) to make technical changes and Subsec. (b) to require the commissioner to increase payment standards under the aid to families with dependent children program and to provide that the payment standards shall not increase in the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, and June 30, 2001, effective July 1, 1999; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-2 amended Subsec. (b) to provide that the payment standards shall not increase in the fiscal years ending June 30, 2002, and June 30, 2003, and amended Subsec. (d) to provide that for a family living in subsidized housing, income shall be attributed to such family which shall be eight per cent of the payment standard for such family, deleting provisions re "fill the gap budgeting", effective July 1, 2001; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9 revised effective date of June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-2 but without affecting this section; P.A. 03-19 made technical changes in Subsec. (b), effective May 12, 2003; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3 amended Subsec. (b) to provide that payment standards shall not increase in the fiscal years ending June 30, 2004, and June 30, 2005, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-76 amended Subsecs. (a) to (c), inclusive, by deleting references to "general assistance program" and making conforming changes; P.A. 05-280 amended Subsec. (b) to provide that payment standards shall not increase in the fiscal years ending on June 30, 2006, and June 30, 2007, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 17b-105a. Food stamp program. Authority of commissioner to seek waiver and implement federal options. (a) The Commissioner of Social Services shall seek a waiver from federal law to allow persons who live in an area in which (1) the unemployment rate is greater than ten per cent, or (2) there is an insufficient number of jobs to provide such persons with employment, to be exempt from the three-month participation limit of the food stamp program implemented pursuant to the Food Stamp Act of 1977.

      (b) The Commissioner of Social Services shall implement the federal option to allow applicants for, or recipients of, food stamps to retain a car valued up to the limit established under the temporary family assistance program.

      (c) The Commissioner of Social Services, pursuant to 7 USC 2014(e)(6), shall implement the federal option to mandate the use of a standard utility allowance, to be used in place of actual utility costs, for purposes of calculating the excess shelter deduction of applicants for, or recipients of, food stamp program benefits. Pursuant to 7 USC 2014(e)(6)(C)(iii)(III), the commissioner shall not prorate a standard utility allowance based upon the fact that an assisted household shares the utility with an individual who is not a member of the assisted household.

      (P.A. 97-194, S. 1, 2; P.A. 02-37, S. 1; P.A. 03-36, S. 1; P.A. 05-141, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 97-194 effective June 26, 1997; P.A. 02-37 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a) and made a technical change therein and added Subsec. (b) requiring commissioner to implement federal option allowing applicants and recipients of food stamps to retain a car valued up to the limit established under the temporary family assistance program, effective July 1, 2002; P.A. 03-36 added new Subsec. (c) re implementation of standard utility allowance by commissioner; P.A. 05-141 amended Subsec. (c) to replace "7 CFR 273.9" with "7 USC 2014(e)(6)" and to prohibit commissioner from prorating standard utility allowance when assisted household shares utility with an individual who is not a member of the assisted household, effective June 24, 2005.

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      Sec. 17b-105b. Food stamp benefit extensions. The Department of Social Services shall be required to pursue the maximum food stamp benefit extensions permitted by the Code of Federal Regulations Title 7, Part 273, Section 273.12, for those households leaving the temporary assistance for needy families program.

      (P.A. 02-37, S. 2; P.A. 05-288, S. 69.)

      History: P.A. 05-288 made a technical change, effective July 13, 2005.

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      Sec. 17b-106. (Formerly Sec. 17-12f). State supplement to Supplemental Security Income Program. Unearned income disregard. Adult payment standards. State supplement payments for certain residents in long-term care facilities. (a) On January 1, 2006, and on each January first thereafter, the Commissioner of Social Services shall increase the unearned income disregard for recipients of the state supplement to the federal Supplemental Security Income Program by an amount equal to the federal cost-of-living adjustment, if any, provided to recipients of federal Supplemental Security Income Program benefits for the corresponding calendar year. On July 1, 1989, and annually thereafter, the commissioner shall increase the adult payment standards over those of the previous fiscal year for the state supplement to the federal Supplemental Security Income Program by the percentage increase, if any, in the most recent calendar year average in the consumer price index for urban consumers over the average for the previous calendar year, provided the annual increase, if any, shall not exceed five per cent, except that the adult payment standards for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1993, June 30, 1994, June 30, 1995, June 30, 1996, June 30, 1997, June 30, 1998, June 30, 1999, June 30, 2000, June 30, 2001, June 30, 2002, June 30, 2003, June 30, 2004, June 30, 2005, June 30, 2006, and June 30, 2007, shall not be increased. Effective October 1, 1991, the coverage of excess utility costs for recipients of the state supplement to the federal Supplemental Security Income Program is eliminated. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, the commissioner may increase the personal needs allowance component of the adult payment standard as necessary to meet federal maintenance of effort requirements.

      (b) Effective July 1, 1998, the commissioner shall provide a state supplement payment for recipients of Medicaid and the federal Supplemental Security Income Program who reside in long-term care facilities sufficient to increase their personal needs allowance to fifty dollars per month. Such state supplement payment shall be made to the long-term care facility to be deposited into the personal fund account of each such recipient. Effective July 1, 1999, and annually thereafter, the commissioner shall increase such allowance to reflect the annual inflation adjustment in Social Security income, if any. For the purposes of this subsection, "long-term care facility" means a licensed chronic and convalescent nursing home, a chronic disease hospital, a rest home with nursing supervision, an intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded or a state humane institution.

      (P.A. 78-192, S. 1, 2, 7; P.A. 80-385, S. 2, 3; P.A. 81-449, S. 2, 5, 11; P.A. 82-91, S. 7, 38; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-8, S. 2, 3; P.A. 84-470, S. 2, 4; P.A. 85-367, S. 3, 5; 85-505, S. 18, 21; P.A. 89-296, S. 5, 9; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-8, S. 2, 63; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-16, S. 3, 89; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87; 93-418, S. 4, 41; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-1, S. 32, 53; July 13 Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-1, S. 3, 9; P.A. 95-351, S. 13, 30; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2, S. 49, 165; P.A. 98-239, S. 4, 35; P.A. 99-279, S. 7, 45; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-2, S. 56, 69; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9, S. 129, 131; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3, S. 61; P.A. 05-243, S. 1; 05-280, S. 38.)

      History: P.A. 80-385 reduced rate of increase from ten to seven per cent for fiscal year ending June 30, 1980, and added proviso re disregards; P.A. 81-449 increased the payment standards by five per cent over the standards for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1981, replacing previous seven per cent increase and deleted reference to the Connecticut Assistance and Medical Aid Program for the Disabled; P.A. 82-91 amended section to increase the payment standards by 3% over the standards for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1982, replacing previous year's reference to 5% increase in payment standards over the standards for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1981; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-8 changed the date from "June 30, 1982" to "June 30, 1983"; P.A. 84-470 provided for an increase in the adult payment standards on July 1, 1984, based on the percentage increase in the "most recent calendar year average to average consumer price index for urban consumers for the U.S. city average over the standard for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1984"; P.A. 85-367 replaced previous provisions re increase in adult payment standards for fiscal year 1984-1985 with new provisions applicable to fiscal year 1985-1986; P.A. 85-505 replaced prior provisions re increase in adult payment standards with new provisions for increases in 1986, 1987 and 1988 and for the first time imposed a cap on increases; P.A. 89-296 deleted obsolete date references; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-8 required a reduction in the unearned income disregard for recipients of the state supplement to the federal supplemental security income, placed a hold on the adult payment standards for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992, held the general assistance maximum shelter payment levels to the federal maximums, except that for the payments already being made reductions are to be suspended for six months, eliminated the provision for excess utility costs for recipients of state supplement and redefined "single room occupancy"; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-16 changed the amount by which the commissioner shall reduce the unearned income disregard to up to nine and one-half per cent, eliminated the increase in the standard of need for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1993, and deleted provisions re maximum payment levels for shelter and consideration of single room occupancies under the general assistance program; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department of income maintenance, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-418 eliminated the increase in the adult payment standard for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1994, and June 30, 1995, effective July 1, 1993; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-1 deleted provision directing commissioner to reduce unearned income disregard by up to 9-1/2 per cent, effective July 1, 1992, and substituted provision directing commissioner to reduce disregard by 7 per cent, effective July 1, 1994; July 13 Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-1 added provision directing commissioner to increase unearned income disregard to a level not exceeding that in effect on July 30, 1994, if sufficient funds are available within department and are transferred to appropriate accounts, effective July 15, 1994; Sec. 17-12f transferred to Sec. 17b-106 in 1995; P.A. 95-351 provided that the adult payment standards shall not increase in the fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, and June 30, 1997, effective July 1, 1995; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2 provided the adult payment standards shall not increase in the fiscal years ending June 30, 1998, and June 30, 1999, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-239 divided the Sec. into two Subsecs., inserting new provisions as Subsec. (b), requiring the Commissioner of Social Services to provide a state supplement payment for recipients of Medicaid and the federal supplemental security income program who reside in long-term care facilities sufficient to increase their personal needs allowance to fifty dollars per month, specifying where such payment shall be deposited, providing for an increase in such allowance effective July 1, 1999, and annually thereafter, and defining "long-term care facility", effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 99-279 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that the adult payment standards shall not increase in the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, and June 30, 2001, effective July 1, 1999; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-2 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that the adult payment standards shall not increase in the fiscal years ending June 30, 2002, and June 30, 2003, effective July 1, 2001; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9 revised effective date of June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-2 but without affecting this section; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-3 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that adult payment standards shall not be increased for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2004, and June 30, 2005, and to add provision authorizing commissioner to increase the personal needs allowance component of the adult payment standard as needed to meet federal maintenance of effort requirements, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 05-243 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting provision re 1985 payment standards, deleting 1994 provision that required commissioner to reduce the appropriate unearned income disregard for program recipients by seven per cent and adding provision requiring commissioner to increase the unearned income disregard for program recipients by an amount equal to the federal cost-of-living adjustment, if any, provided to recipients of federal Supplemental Security Income Program benefits for the corresponding calendar year, and made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b), effective July 8, 2005; P.A. 05-280 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that adult payment standards shall not be increased for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2006, and June 30, 2007, effective July 1, 2005.

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GENERAL ASSISTANCE

      Sec. 17b-137a. Social Security number to be recorded on license applications, certain documents and death certificate. Confidentiality. (a) The Social Security number of the applicant shall be recorded on each (1) application for a license, certification or permit to engage in a profession or occupation regulated pursuant to the provisions of title 19a, 20 or 21; (2) application for a commercial driver's license or commercial driver's instruction permit completed pursuant to subsection (a) of section 14-44c; and (3) application for a marriage license made under section 46b-25 or for a civil union license under section 46b-38hh.

      (b) The Social Security number of any individual who is subject to a dissolution of marriage decree, dissolution of civil union decree, support order or paternity determination or acknowledgment shall be placed in the records relating to the matter.

      (c) The Social Security number of the deceased person shall be recorded on each death certificate completed in accordance with subsection (b) of section 7-62b.

      (d) Any Social Security number of any individual on any record or document required pursuant to this section shall not be disclosed except as provided under section 17b-137.

      (June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-7, S. 34, 38; P.A. 05-10, S. 17.)

      History: June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-7 effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 05-10 amended Subsec. (a)(3) to apply provisions to an application for a civil union license under Sec. 46b-38hh and amended Subsec. (b) to apply provisions to the number of an individual subject to a dissolution of civil union decree.

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