CSSB 101(FIN): "An Act relating to the adult public assistance program."

00CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 101(FIN) 01 "An Act relating to the adult public assistance program." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. AS 47.25.440 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 04  (b) The department shall consult with the division of vocational rehabilitation, 05 Department of Education, in order to develop an application process and disability 06 determination system that will efficiently implement AS 47.25.430 - 47.25.615. 07 * Sec. 2. AS 47.25.455(a) is amended to read: 08  (a) The department shall pay at least $280 a month to a person eligible for 09 assistance under this chapter until an initial determination of [WHILE] the eligibility 10 of the person for benefits under 42 U.S.C. 1381 - 1385 (Title XVI, Social Security 11 Act, Supplemental Security Income Program [,]) is made. The department shall 12 terminate assistance under this section upon an initial determination that the 13 person is ineligible for assistance under 42 U.S.C. 1381 - 1385 and may not 14 continue assistance under this section during subsequent appeals of the initial

01 determination [BEING DETERMINED]. Payments in excess of $280 a month may 02 be made under this section if the department determines that money is available for 03 excess payments. 04 * Sec. 3. AS 47.25.455(d) is amended to read: 05  (d) Beginning the first full month after a person is determined to be eligible 06 for assistance under 42 U.S.C. 1381 - 1383, the department shall terminate interim 07 assistance to that person under this section, unless it has already been terminated 08 under (a) of this section, and begin payments to the person under AS 47.25.430. 09 * Sec. 4. AS 47.25.455 is amended by adding new subsections to read: 10  (e) A person applying for assistance under this section shall, as a condition of 11 eligibility for the assistance, agree to repay the assistance to the state upon a final 12 determination that the person is not eligible to receive a benefit under 42 U.S.C. 1381-1383. 13  (f) The amount owed by a person to the state under (c) or (e) of this section 14 is considered an overpayment that is subject to the provisions of AS 47.05.080. 15 * Sec. 5. APPLICABILITY. AS 47.25.455, as amended by secs. 2 - 4 of this Act, applies 16 to applications for assistance under AS 47.25.455 that are submitted to the Department of 17 Health and Social Services on or after the effective date of this Act.