HB1598 (2024) Detail

Relative to the department of health and human services management of social security payments and veterans benefits for children in foster care.


HB 1598-FN-A - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

11Apr2024... 1308h

2024 SESSION

24-2311

05/10

 

HOUSE BILL 1598-FN-A

 

AN ACT relative to the department of health and human services management of social security payments and veterans benefits for children in foster care.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Wallner, Merr. 19; Rep. DeSimone, Rock. 18; Rep. Mooney, Hills. 12; Rep. Long, Hills. 23; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13

 

COMMITTEE: Children and Family Law

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires the department of health and human services to prepare a report for the legislature and governor regarding budget requirements associated with management of social security and veterans benefits for children in placement through the department.  The bill makes an appropriation to the department to hire a consultant to assist with the report and its implementation.

 

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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

11Apr2024... 1308h 24-2311

05/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Four

 

AN ACT relative to the department of health and human services management of social security payments and veterans benefits for children in foster care.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1 Reporting; Management of Social Security and Veteran's Benefits for Children in Placement Through the Department of Health and Human Services; Appropriation.

I.  The department of health and human services shall provide a report relative to management of social security and veterans' benefits for children in placement to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the chairpersons of the house children and family law committee, the house finance committee, the senate judiciary committee, the senate finance committee, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library. This report shall contain a budget proposal for the biennium ending June 30, 2027 for the purposes of implementing and managing social security payments and veteran's benefits for children in placement through the department of health and human services, and shall be submitted on or before December 31, 2024.  To assist in the preparation of this report, and to assist the department with implementation of the report’s recommendations, including the budget proposal for the biennium ending June 30, 2027, the department shall hire a consultant with knowledge of other states’ efforts to manage such payments and benefits for children in placement.

II.  There is hereby appropriated to the department of health and human services the sum of $150,000 for the biennium ending June 30, 2025, for the purpose of hiring the consultant required by paragraph I. The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for said sum out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

 

LBA

24-2311

Revised 3/6/24

 

HB 1598-FN-A- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to the department of health and human services management of social security payments and veterans benefits for children in foster care.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

Estimated State Impact - Increase / (Decrease)

 

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

FY 2027

Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

Revenue Fund(s)

None

Expenditures

$0

$1,433,000

$2,870,000

$2,899,000

Funding Source(s)

General Fund

Appropriations

$0

$1

$0

$0

Funding Source(s)

General Fund

Does this bill provide sufficient funding to cover estimated expenditures? [X] No

Does this bill authorize new positions to implement this bill? [X] No

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that social security payments and veterans benefits for children in the care of the Department are held securely until the child is no longer in the care of the Department.  The Department states that the bill adds additional duties and responsibilities to its mandate, in that it will require a review of Social Security and Veterans Administration benefits eligibility for all children over whom the Department has custody or guardianship, as well as all children in a court-ordered or other placement.  The Department states that this will require an annual accounting of benefits provided to certain individuals, among other responsibilities.  The Department expects that six new positions will be needed, including two Supervisor IVs, two Program Specialist IIIs, one attorney, and one paralegal, at a total cost of $761,000 in FY25, $766,000 in FY26, and $795,000 in FY27.

 

In addition to the impacts above, the Department states that, by finding additional children eligible for Supplemental Security Income, the bill will result in a loss of Title IV-E federal revenue collected by the State.  The Department estimates this loss in federal revenue at $704,000 per year.  Finally, the Department assumes the bill will result in a further annual loss of $1,400,000 in federal SSI revenue paid directly to the State.  The Department assumes state general funds will be needed to make up for the lost federal revenue, resulting in an increased general fund expenditure of approximately $2,104,000 per year.  

 

This bill has an effective date of January 1, 2025. It is therefore assumed that the first year's costs will be 50 percent of the full-year cost of implementation.  The bill contains an appropriation of $1 in FY25.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Health and Human Services

 

Amendments

Date Amendment
April 2, 2024 2024-1308h

Links


Date Body Type
Jan. 9, 2024 House Hearing
Jan. 9, 2024 House Exec Session
Jan. 9, 2024 House Floor Vote
April 2, 2024 House Exec Session
April 2, 2024 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1598 Revision: 41634 Date: April 11, 2024, 3:08 p.m.
HB1598 Revision: 41510 Date: April 2, 2024, 4:18 p.m.
HB1598 Revision: 40468 Date: March 6, 2024, 9:08 a.m.

Docket


April 16, 2024: Introduced 04/11/2024 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 10


April 11, 2024: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2024-1308h: MA VV 04/11/2024 HJ 11


April 11, 2024: Amendment # 2024-1308h: AA VV 04/11/2024 HJ 11


April 2, 2024: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2024-1308h 04/02/2024 (Vote 25-0; RC) HC 14 P. 14


March 27, 2024: Executive Session: 04/02/2024 11:30 am LOB 210-211


March 12, 2024: Division Work Session: 03/22/2024 12:00 pm LOB 210-211


March 12, 2024: Division Work Session: 03/18/2024 02:00 pm LOB 210-211


March 7, 2024: Division Work Session: 03/11/2024 01:00 pm LOB 210-211


Feb. 28, 2024: Division Work Session: 03/06/2024 01:30 pm LOB 210-211


Feb. 1, 2024: Referred to Finance 02/01/2024 HJ 3 P. 13


Feb. 1, 2024: Ought to Pass: MA VV 02/01/2024 HJ 3 P. 13


Jan. 17, 2024: Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate


Jan. 17, 2024: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass 01/09/2024 (Vote 12-1; RC) HC 4 P. 12


Jan. 17, 2024: Executive Session: 01/09/2024 01:00 pm LOB 206-208


Jan. 5, 2024: Public Hearing: 01/09/2024 01:00 pm LOB 206-208


Dec. 15, 2023: Introduced 01/03/2024 and referred to Children and Family Law HJ 1