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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 24, 2008

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Marla Augustine, DHHS, Communications and Legislative Services, (402-471-4047), marla.augustine@dhhs.ne.gov 

DHHS to Hold Two Hearings October 2

Child Care Subsidy Program & Certificate of Birth Resulting in Still Birth

Lincoln - The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will hold two public hearings October 2, 2008.  The hearings will take place in Lincoln at the State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lower Level Conference Room 'A'.

Public hearing at 9:00 a.m. CT

The DHHS Division of Children and Family Services is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations for the Child Care Subsidy Program. The changes will:

  • Clarify that families in Transitional Child Care must continue to meet the $6,000 resource limit;
  • Clarify the 18-hour per day limit on paid hours of assistance;
  • Provide for the collection of overpayments caused by Department error;
  • Clarify that a sanction for refusal to cooperate with Child Support Enforcement will not be imposed on a Child Care Subsidy client who is participating in Employment First (EF), so the client may continue to participate in EF;
  • Allow documentation of a child’s special needs by a licensed mental health practitioner;
  • Prohibit smoking any time a client’s child is present in any part of the home, if care is being provided in the child’s home or the provider’s home;
  • Revise regulations on provider charges or convictions for Driving Under the Influence and;
  • Clarify that grandchildren are counted when the grandparent is a license-exempt provider.

Public hearing at 10:30 a.m. CT

The DHHS Division of Public Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed regulations to implement LB 1048, passed in 2008, which provides for a certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth. The regulations provide the certificate forms and provide that only a parent may request and receive a stillbirth certificate

Anyone may attend and comment at the hearing or submit comments in writing. Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT, October 4, 2008. They should be sent to DHHS, Regulatory Analysis and Integration, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509; faxed to 402-742-2382; or e-mailed to Rules.Regs@dhhs.ne.gov.

If auxiliary aids or reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in a hearing, please call 402-471-9022. Persons with hearing impairments may call the DHHS at 402-471-9570 (voice and TDD) or the Nebraska Relay System at 711 or 800-833-7352 TDD.

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