The House Health & Welfare Committee has voted unanimously in favor of administrative rules making permanent a 20 percent increase in reimbursements to foster care providers in Idaho. Sabrina Brown, foster care recruitment and retention specialist, for the state Department of Health & Welfare, said the increase is in line with action already authorized by JFAC last year. “An analysis that considered a variety of factors indicated that Idaho’s ... rates were at least 35 to 50 percent less than expenses” for caring for foster children, Brown told the committee, as outlined in a federal study. “The level of support for these families is critical to their success.” She said, “The rule change specifies a 20 percent monthly room and board increase for...
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House Health & Welfare approves 20% increase in foster care reimbursements; it took effect temporarily July 1