OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5224

AN ACT INCREASING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE TO GRANDPARENTS AND OTHER RELATIVES RAISING CHILDREN.

SUMMARY:

This bill increases the temporary family assistance payment to families whose head of household is a nonparent caretaker relative (e.g., grandparent) and the legal guardian of a child from the temporary assistance rate to 75% of the prevailing monthly foster care rate for the equivalent number of children. It also eliminates regional variations in the payments to such families.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2014

TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE AND FOSTER CARE PAYMENTS

The temporary family assistance program provides cash payments and other assistance to families meeting specific income and other requirements. The current rate paid to families by the temporary assistance program varies by family size and geographical region (A, B, or C).

The monthly foster care reimbursement rate depends on the age of the child and whether the child is designated as medically complex, in addition to other factors. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) uses 13 different rate designations. The payment does not vary based on where the family lives. Presumably, the prevailing rate paid under the bill is the rate a child would receive based on his or her DCF categorization.

Table 1 compares Connecticut's current monthly temporary family assistance rates to 75% of the foster care reimbursement rate for two family sizes in different regions.

Table 1: Comparison of Reimbursement Rates for Two Family Sizes in Different Regions

Family Size

Geographical Region

Current Law

Bill

Temporary Family Assistance Payment

75% of Foster Rate as Proposed by Bill*

Family of 2 (1 adult, 1 child)

A

$544.00

$585.43

B

$470.00

C

$470.00

Family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children)

A

$786.00

$1,170.86

B

$677.00

C

$660.00

*Current foster rate is $780.57 per child age birth to 5.

 

COMMITTEE ACTION

Aging Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

12

Nay

0

(03/11/2014)