Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 113 Part 3.djvu/311

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PUBLIC LAW 106-169—DEC. 14, 1999 113 STAT. 1829 (e) SENSE OF THE CONGRESS.—It is the sense of the Congress that States should provide medical assistance under the State plan approved under title XIX of the Social Security Act to 18-, 19-, and 20-year-olds who have been emancipated from foster care. Subtitle B—Related Foster Care Provision SEC. 111. INCREASE IN AMOUNT OF ASSETS ALLOWABLE FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE. Section 472(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 672(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following: "In determining whether a child would have received aid under a State plan approved under section 402 (as in effect on July 16, 1996), a child whose resources (determined pursuant to section 402(a)(7)(B), as so in effect) have a combined value of not more than $10,000 shall be considered to be a child whose resources have a combined value of not more than $1,000 (or such lower amount as the State may determine for purposes of such section 402(a)(7)(B)).". SEC. 112. PREPARATION OF FOSTER PARENTS TO PROVIDE FOR THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN IN STATE CARE. (a) STATE PLAN REQUIREMENT.— Section 471(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 671(a)) is amended— (1) by striking "and" at the end of paragraph (22); (2) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (23) and inserting "; and"; and (3) by adding at the end the following: "(24) include a certification that, before a child in foster care under the responsibility of the State is placed with prospective foster parents, the prospective foster parents will be prepared adequately with the appropriate knowledge and skills to provide for the needs of the child, and that such preparation will be continued, as necessary, after the placement of the child.". (b) EFFECTIVE DATE. —The amendments made by subsection 42 USC 671 note, (a) shall take effect on October 1, 1999. Subtitle C—Medicaid Amendments SEC. 121. STATE OPTION OF MEDICAID COVERAGE FOR ADOLESCENTS LEAVING FOSTER CARE. (a) IN GENERAL.— Subject to subsection (c), title XIX of the Social Security Act, is amended— (1) in section 1902(a)(10)(A)(ii) (42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(10)(A)(ii))— (A) by striking "or" at the end of subclause (XIII); (B) by adding "or" at the end of subclause (XIV); and (C) by adding at the end the following new subclause: "(XV) who are independent foster care adolescents (as defined in section 1905(v)(l)), or who are within any reasonable categories of such adolescents specified by the State;"; and (2) by adding at the end of section 1905 (42 U.S.C. 1396d) the following new subsection: