Revision: May 11, 2018, 8:43 a.m.
HB 1103-FN - VERSION ADOPTED BY BOTH BODIES
HOUSE BILL 1103-FN
AN ACT relative to financial responsibility for voluntary services provided pursuant to a report of abuse or neglect that is "unfounded but with reasonable concern."
SPONSORS: Rep. Hinch, Hills. 21; Rep. K. Rice, Hills. 37; Rep. Spanos, Belk. 3; Rep. Berrien, Rock. 18; Rep. LeBrun, Hills. 32; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Carson, Dist 14
COMMITTEE: Children and Family Law
This bill provides that voluntary services provided pursuant to a report of abuse and neglect that is unfounded but with reasonable concern shall be exempt from parental liability for reimbursement. The department may use available federal TANF reserve funds to pay for the services.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
04/26/2018 1794s 18-2458
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
(g) Notwithstanding subparagraph (c), the state shall have no right of action against the parents or other people chargeable by law for the minor's support and necessities for voluntary services provided to the child, family, or household in a case that was unfounded but with reasonable concern, as defined in RSA 169-C:3, XXIX. In such cases, any services provided by the department may be paid from available TANF reserve funds.
HB 1103-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE (AMENDMENT #2018-1794s)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] Other - Cost recovery revenue; federal expenditures
This bill removes the state's right of recovery for the cost of voluntary services provided to children and families in cases that are deemed "unfounded but with reasonable concern." The bill states that in such cases, any services provided by the Department of Health and Human Services may be paid from available Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) reserve funds, which are unspent federal TANF dollars available to the state for certain federally-approved purposes. The Department estimates the total cost of voluntary services at $1.5 million annually, of which a portion will be TANF eligible. While the bill is silent on the other, non-TANF, funding sources that might be used, the Department assumes state general funds will be used to pay for the share of costs that is not TANF-eligible. The Department further assumes that by removing the state's right of cost recovery, the bill will result in a small but indeterminable decrease in state revenues.
Department of Health and Human Services