SB12-022 - Maintain Child Care Assistance Working Families

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning Maintaining Child Care Assistance For Working Families.

Under the current law, when a person receiving child care assistance under the Colorado child care assistance program (CCCAP) is ineligible due to exceeding the income eligibility level adopted by the county department of social services, the county department is strongly encouraged to continue providing child care assistance for 6 months and to work with the person to provide a gradual transition off of the child care assistance. This bill eliminates that permissive 6-month option when a person's income exceeds the county-adopted eligibility level and requires that the county continue to provide child care assistance to the person for a period of 2 years while the person pays a series of incremental increases in the portion of the parental share of the child care.

The bill requires the state board of human services to adopt rules establishing a formula for the scheduled increases in the parental share based on income and on the cost of child care with the goal of the parent  becoming more self-sufficient, maintaining stable employment, and taking on more of the cost of child care over the 2-year period. A family that receives child care assistance during the extended 2-year period is required to report any income changes during the 2-year period and is subject to a redetermination of eligibility after the first 12 months.

House Committees

Latest update: April 13, 2012
04/13/2012 Governor Action - Signed
04/09/2012 Sent to the Governor
04/09/2012 Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/02/2012 Signed by the President of the Senate
03/27/2012 House Third Reading Passed
03/26/2012 House Second Reading Passed
03/23/2012 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily
03/20/2012 House Committee on Health and Environment Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
03/05/2012 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health and Environment
02/29/2012 Senate Third Reading Passed
02/29/2012 Senate Third Reading Passed
02/29/2012 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered
02/28/2012 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments
02/14/2012 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily
02/09/2012 Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
01/11/2012 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health and Human Services