Or. Admin. R. 461-165-0160 - Direct Provider Payments; General Information
(1) The Department makes payments on behalf of eligible clients to the providers they select to care for their children. The payments are made directly to the provider. To be eligible for payment, a provider must:
(a) Charge Department clients at a rate no higher than the rate charged other customers;
(b) Provide the Department their social security number (SSN) or IRS identification number; and
(c) Meet the requirements of OAR 461-165-0180.
(2) Payments to a client's provider are subject to each of the following limitations:
(a) Before August 1, 2021, payment is made only for child care already provided in the TANF program for all providers. Before August 1, 2021, payment is made for child care already provided in the ERDC program for all providers except Certified Centers certified by the Office of Child Care who receive payment in advance for anticipated hours a child is in care for the month.
(b) Payment is made for the amount charged to the client but may not exceed the rate authorized in OAR 461-155-0150.
(c) No payment will be authorized unless the client has designated a primary provider.
(d) No payment will be made for less than one dollar.
(e) Except as provided otherwise in subsection (f) of this section, a payment is made only for child care provided on or after the date the designated provider has met the requirements to be listed and paid through the Department.
(f) A designated child care provider who the Department approves to be listed and paid through the Department may receive payment for child care provided prior to obtaining Department approval if the provider met the other Department requirements and was licensed under OAR 414-205-0000 to 414-205-0170, 414-350-0000 to 414-350-0405, or 414-300-0000 to 414-300-0415.
(g) Beginning July 1, 2021, a caretaker (see OAR 461-001-0000) signature is not required on child care billing forms.
(h) Beginning August 1, 2021, a provider caring for an eligible child in the TANF or ERDC programs may receive payment in advance for hours the child is scheduled to be in care for the month.
(3) In the ERDC and TANF programs, the Department may issue a payment to an eligible provider during a month for which child care is being provided to meet an unexpected need of the provider related to the care of a covered child. The payment may be made if, without the payment, continued care by the same provider would be jeopardized and the client could not immediately obtain child care from another provider.
Statutory/Other Authority: 409.050, 411.060, 411.070, 411.122, 412.049 & ORS 329A.500
Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 329A.500, 409.010, 411.060, 411.070, 411.122, 412.049 & 45 CFR 98.45
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