Child care assistance families are responsible for a copayment. The copayment is paid to the family’s child care provider biweekly.
The copayment amount is based on family size and annual income after allowable deductions. Copayments are graduated to provide movement of families to full payment of child care costs as their income increases.
During the biweekly period when the family first receives service, MEC2 will prorate the copayment based on the number of calendar days left in the biweekly period.
During the 12 month eligibility period, the amount of the copayment can be reduced. When family income decreases or the family size increases , the copayment is reduced in the next biweekly period. If verification of the change is not provided, the family remains eligible, but the copayment should not be reduced.
MEC² will not check if entered income changes are verified. Do not enter an unverified income decrease. If an unverified income decrease is entered into MEC² the system may reduce the copayment for the family. If verification later shows that the copay should not have decreased, the family may be subject to an overpayment.
During the 12 month eligibility period, the amount of the copayment cannot be increased. When family income increases or the family size decreases, the copayment will stay the same until the family’s next redetermination. At redetermination, the copayment will increase after a 15 day notice.
In some situations, the family is not required to pay the copayment. This includes when:
In all other situations, when a family does not pay the required copayment, the family is ineligible for child care assistance until:
· The family continues to comply with the payment agreement.
Note: Some providers apply the amount paid by the family to the oldest fees or to the amount that is more than the county maximum rate. In these cases, the provider considers the copayment not to have been paid and may indicate this on the billing voucher. Consider the family to have paid the copaymentif the family or provider is able to document that an amount has been paid that is equal to or greater than their copayment.
See Chapter 8.6 (Temporary ineligibility) for information about copays changing following a period of temporary ineligibility.
See Chapter 8.9 (Suspending a case) for information about copays changing following a period of suspension.
If a reinstatement is tied to a redetermination, the copay can increase, decrease, or stay the same. See Chapter 10.6.6 (Redetermination processing – Reinstatement) for more information about reinstatement at redetermination.
If a reinstatement is not tied to a redetermination and the reinstatement occurs during the 12 month eligibility period, the copay can decrease or stay the same. The copay cannot increase.
If it is discovered that an incorrect copay was approved at application or redetermination, the copay can increase to avoid continued overpayments for the family. Workers need to contact their policy specialist if an incorrect copay was approved at application or redetermination and the copay should have been higher.
A copayment can increase during the 12 month eligibility period due to recoupment of an overpayment. See Chapter 14.9.6 (Recoupment – Families).
If a change has been approved but is not yet effective and another change is entered, MEC2 may process a copay change and allow the copay to increase. Policy does not allow the copay to increase. Workers may need to contact their policy specialist if a copay increase is approved in error.
For the copayment schedules, select the applicable time period:
Contact your agency’s CCAP Policy Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Human Services for previous copayment schedules.
Minnesota Statutes 119B.125, subd. 4
Minnesota Statutes 119B.12
Minnesota Rules 3400.0100