Purchase of Care Billing Guidance for July 2021 – Including Rate Increase

MEMORANDUM

To: Early Care and Education Provider Community

From: Delaware Health and Social Services/ Division of Social Services

Date: June 17, 2021

RE: Purchase of Care Billing Guidance for July 2021

POC Guidance July 2021 – Including Rate Increase

POC Rate Increase

The Division of Social Services is pleased to announce  there will be a POC rate increase effective July 1, 2021.  The new rates will apply to all services performed  on July 1st and later. The Purchase of Care reimbursement rate  has been increased to 70% of the 75th percentile as established in the  2021 Market Rate Study. Please see the attached chart for the new rates.

Parent Co-pays

Co-payments will continue to be paid by the Division for the month of July. We ask that you do not collect them from your families.

Absent Days

The Division will continue to pay for up to 10 absent days through the month of July.

Supplemental Reimbursement 

As previously announced the POC Supplement Reimbursement initiative ends on June 30, 2021. The last supplement payment will be paid to eligible providers at the end of  July. Please ensure that all of June’s attendance is entered in the portal no later than the third Monday in July (7/19/21).

Delaware Early Education and Child Care Stabilization Fund

The Department of Health and Social Services and the Department of Education have created the Delaware Early Education and Child Care Stabilization Fund  which will provide $66,752,816 in direct grants to support eligible early child care providers across Delaware. The Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood is partnering with the State of Delaware to manage the Stabilization Fund. The grants will cover eligible expenses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, with the goal of helping early child care professionals stay in business and making child care more affordable for families.

This funding comes from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Please consider applying for a Stablization grant;  more information about the program and grant applications can be found at:

https://www.delawarestars.udel.edu/delaware-early-education-and-child-care-stabilization-fund/

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