49.826(2)(b) (b) The department may enter into a contract with a county that provides for the performance by the county of any of the administrative functions under this subsection in the county.
49.826(2)(c) (c) The department shall reimburse a county for all approved, allowable costs that are incurred by the county under a contract with the department under par. (b).
49.826(3) (3)Division of employment-related functions.
49.826(3)(a)(a) Supervisory personnel in the unit shall be state employees. Nonsupervisory staff performing services under this section for the unit in a county may be a combination of state employees and employees of the county. For the performance of services under this section for the unit, a county shall maintain no fewer represented authorized full-time employee positions than the number of represented full-time employee positions that were authorized on February 1, 2009, for performance of the same types of services.
49.826(3)(b)1.1. The department shall have the authority to hire, transfer, suspend, lay off, recall, promote, discharge, assign, reward, discipline, and adjust grievances with respect to, and state supervisory employees may supervise, county employees performing services under this section for the unit.
49.826(3)(b)2. 2. For the purposes under subd. 1., the department shall use the same process and procedures under ch. 230 that are used for the classified service of the state civil service system, including specifically the use of probationary periods under s. 230.28.
49.826(3)(b)3. 3. County employees performing services under this section for the unit in a county shall be subject to the residency requirements that apply to other county employees under the county's civil service rules.
49.826(3)(c) (c) A county shall perform all administrative tasks related to payroll and benefits for the county employees performing services under this section in the county for the unit.
49.826(4) (4)Treatment of former county employees appointed to state employee positions in the unit. All of the following shall apply to an employee who is appointed to a state employee position in the unit after July 1, 2009, and who, immediately prior to his or her appointment, was a county employee:
49.826(4)(a) (a) The employee shall serve any applicable probationary period under s. 230.28, but shall have his or her seniority with the state computed by treating the employee's total service with the county as state service.
49.826(4)(b) (b) Annual leave for the employee shall accrue at the rate provided in s. 230.35 using the employee's state service computed under par. (a).
49.826(4)(c)1.1. The employee may remain a participating employee in the retirement system established under chapter 201, laws of 1937. To remain under the retirement system established under chapter 201, laws of 1937, the employee must exercise this option in writing, on a form provided by the department, at the time the employee is appointed to a state employee position. The employee shall exercise this option, in writing, no later than 10 days after the employee is appointed to a state employee position. An employee's decision to remain a participating employee in the retirement system established under chapter 201, laws of 1937, is irrevocable during the period that the employee is holding a state employee position in the unit.
49.826(4)(c)2. 2. The secretary shall pay, on behalf of the employee, all required employer contributions under the retirement system established under chapter 201, laws of 1937.
49.826(4)(d) (d) The employee shall have his or her sick leave accrued with the state computed by treating the employee's unused balance of sick leave accrued with the county as sick leave accrued in state service, but not to exceed the amount of sick leave the employee would have accrued in state service for the same period, if the employee is able to provide adequate documentation in accounting for sick leave used during the accrual period with the county. Sick leave that transfers under this paragraph is not subject to a right of conversion, under s. 40.05 (4) or otherwise, upon death or termination of creditable service for payment of health insurance benefits on behalf of the employee or the employee's dependents.
49.826 History History: 2009 a. 28, 185; 2011 a. 10; 2013 a. 20.
49.83 49.83 Limitation on giving information. Except as provided under ss. 49.25 and 49.32 (9), (10), and (10m), no person may use or disclose information concerning applicants and recipients of relief funded by a relief block grant, aid to families with dependent children, Wisconsin Works under ss. 49.141 to 49.161, social services, child and spousal support and establishment of paternity and medical support liability services under s. 49.22, or supplemental payments under s. 49.77 for any purpose not connected with the administration of the programs, except that the departments of children and families and health services may disclose, including by transmitting or granting access to electronic data, such information, including social security numbers, to the department of revenue for the sole purposes of administering state taxes, including verifying refundable individual income tax credits, and collecting debts owed to the department of revenue. Any person violating this section may be fined not less than $25 nor more than $500 or imprisoned in the county jail not less than 10 days nor more than one year or both.
49.83 History History: 1995 a. 27 ss. 3142, 3144; Stats. 1995 s. 49.83; 1995 a. 289, 361, 404; 1997 a. 35; 2005 a. 25; 2007 a. 20; 2009 a. 28; 2013 a. 20.
49.835 49.835 Statements in applications. A person who makes a statement in a written application for any aid or benefit provided under this chapter is considered to have made an admission as to the existence, correctness, or validity of any fact stated. Such a statement is prima facie evidence against the person who made it in any complaint, information, or indictment, or in any action brought for enforcement of any provision of this chapter.
49.835 History History: 2013 a. 226.
49.84 49.84 Verification of public assistance applications.
49.84(1)(1) Any person who applies for any public assistance shall execute the application or self-declaration in the presence of the welfare worker or other person processing the application. This subsection does not apply to any superintendent of a mental health institute, director of a center for the developmentally disabled, superintendent of a state treatment facility or superintendent of a state correctional facility who applies for public assistance on behalf of a patient.
49.84(2) (2) At the time of application, the agency administering the public assistance program shall apply to the department of health services for a certified copy of a birth certificate for the applicant if the applicant is required to provide a birth certificate or social security number as part of the application and for any person in the applicant's household who is required to provide a birth certificate or social security number. The department of health services shall provide without charge any copy for which application is made under this subsection.
49.84(3) (3) Notwithstanding subs. (1) and (2), personal identification documentation requirements may be waived for 10 days for an applicant for relief funded by a relief block grant, if the applicant agrees to cooperate with the relief agency by providing information necessary to obtain proper identification.
49.84(4) (4) Notwithstanding sub. (2), the relief agency receiving an application under sub. (3) shall pay on behalf of any applicant under sub. (3) fees required for the applicant to obtain proper identification.
49.84(5) (5) A person applying for Wisconsin works under ss. 49.141 to 49.161, aid to families with dependent children under s. 49.19, medical assistance under subch. IV or food stamp program benefits under 7 USC 2011 to 2029 shall, as a condition of eligibility, provide a declaration and other verification of citizenship or satisfactory immigration status as required by the department by rule or as required in 42 USC 1320b-7 (d).
49.84(6) (6)
49.84(6)(a)(a) In this subsection, "department" means the department of health services.
49.84(6)(b)1.1. Notwithstanding any other eligibility requirements for the programs specified in par. (c), unless excepted by par. (c) an applicant for or recipient under any of those programs who declares himself or herself to be a citizen or national of the United States shall provide, as a further condition of eligibility, satisfactory documentary evidence, as provided in par. (d), that he or she is a citizen or national of the United States.
49.84(6)(b)2. 2. An applicant shall provide the documentation at the time of application. If a recipient was not required to provide documentation at the time he or she applied, the recipient shall provide the documentation the first time his or her eligibility is reviewed or redetermined after October 27, 2007. An applicant or recipient shall be granted a reasonable time, as determined by the department, to submit the documentation before his or her eligibility is denied or terminated.
49.84(6)(c) (c) The requirement to provide satisfactory documentary evidence under par. (b) applies to applicants for and recipients under all of the following:
49.84(6)(c)1. 1. The Medical Assistance program under subch. IV, except for any of the following:
49.84(6)(c)1.a. a. An applicant or recipient who is entitled to benefits under or enrolled in any part of Medicare under 42 USC 1395 et seq., as amended.
49.84(6)(c)1.b. b. An applicant or recipient who is receiving supplemental security income under 42 USC 1381 to 1383c.
49.84(6)(c)1.c. c. A person who is eligible for medical assistance under s. 49.45 (27).
49.84(6)(c)1.d. d. A child who is receiving medical assistance under s. 49.46 (1) (a) 13., 49.47 (4) (am) 3., or 49.471 (4) (a) 2. or 2m. or an unborn child receiving prenatal care under s. 49.471.
49.84(6)(c)1.e. e. A pregnant woman who is receiving medical assistance under s. 49.465 or a child or pregnant woman who is receiving medical assistance under s. 49.471 (5) (b) 1. or 2.
49.84(6)(c)2. 2. The Badger Care health care program under s. 49.665, except for an unborn child under s. 49.665 (4) (ap).
49.84(6)(c)3. 3. The part of the prescription drug assistance for elderly persons program under s. 49.688 that is supported by a Medical Assistance waiver under 42 USC 1315 (a), as authorized under s. 49.688 (11).
49.84(6)(d) (d) Satisfactory documentary evidence that an applicant or a recipient is a citizen or national of the United States consists of the documents or other forms of evidence specified in 42 CFR 435.407.
49.84(7) (7)
49.84(7)(a)(a) In this subsection:
49.84(7)(a)1. 1. "Department" means the department of health services.
49.84(7)(a)2. 2. "Medical Assistance" means the Medical Assistance program under subch. IV.
49.84(7)(b) (b) Except as provided in par. (c), for determining eligibility or continued eligibility the department shall electronically verify the residence of an applicant for or recipient of Medical Assistance. If the department is unable to verify the applicant's or recipient's residence electronically, the applicant or recipient must provide adequate proof of residency, in the manner determined by the department, to be eligible for Medical Assistance.
49.84(7)(c) (c) The requirements under par. (b) do not apply with respect to any of the following:
49.84(7)(c)1. 1. An individual who is receiving benefits under the food stamp program under 7 USC 2011 to 2029 or under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant program and who presented an acceptable form of residency verification for receipt of those benefits.
49.84(7)(c)2. 2. An individual who resides in a nursing home, intermediate care facility, inpatient psychiatric hospital, or other residential care facility and whose care in the facility is paid for by Medical Assistance.
49.84(7)(c)3. 3. A child residing in a foster care placement under the care and placement responsibility of a county department under s. 46.215, 46.22, or 46.23 or, in a county with a population of 500,000 or more, under the care and placement responsibility of the department of children and families.
49.845 49.845 Fraud investigation and error reduction.
49.845(1)(1) Fraud investigation. From the appropriations under s. 20.435 (4) (bn), (kz), (L), and (nn), the department of health services shall establish a program to investigate suspected fraudulent activity on the part of recipients of medical assistance under subch. IV, food stamp benefits under the food stamp program under 7 USC 2011 to 2036, supplemental security income payments under s. 49.77, payments for the support of children of supplemental security income recipients under s. 49.775, and health care benefits under the Badger Care health care program under s. 49.665 and, if the department of children and families contracts with the department of health services under sub. (4), on the part of recipients of aid to families with dependent children under s. 49.19 and participants in the Wisconsin Works program under ss. 49.141 to 49.161. The activities of the department of health services under this subsection may include comparisons of information provided to the department by an applicant and information provided by the applicant to other federal, state, and local agencies, development of an advisory welfare investigation prosecution standard, and provision of funds to county departments under ss. 46.215, 46.22, and 46.23 and to Wisconsin Works agencies to encourage activities to detect fraud. The department of health services shall cooperate with district attorneys regarding fraud prosecutions.
49.845(2) (2)State error reduction activities. The department of health services shall conduct activities to reduce payment errors in the Medical Assistance program under subch. IV, the food stamp program under 7 USC 2011 to 2036, the supplemental security income payments program under s. 49.77, the program providing payments for the support of children of supplemental security income recipients under s. 49.775, and the Badger Care health care program under s. 49.665 and, if the department of children and families contracts with the department of health services under sub. (4), in Wisconsin Works under ss. 49.141 to 49.161.
49.845(3) (3)Wisconsin Works agency error reduction. If the department of children and families contracts with the department of health services under sub. (4), the department of health services shall provide funds from the appropriation under s. 20.435 (4) (kz) to Wisconsin Works agencies to offset the administrative costs of reducing payment errors in Wisconsin Works under ss. 49.141 to 49.161.
49.845(4) (4)Contract for Wisconsin Works.
49.845(4)(a)1.1. Notwithstanding s. 49.197 (1m) and (3), the department of children and families may contract with the department of health services to investigate suspected fraudulent activity on the part of recipients of aid to families with dependent children under s. 49.19 and participants in Wisconsin Works under ss. 49.141 to 49.161 and to conduct activities to reduce payment errors in Wisconsin Works under ss. 49.141 to 49.161, as provided in this section. If any employee of the department of health services reasonably suspects that fraudulent activity as described in this subdivision has occurred or is occurring, the employee shall immediately report the facts and circumstances contributing to that suspicion to the employee's immediate supervisor.
49.845(4)(a)2. 2. An immediate supervisor who receives a report under subd. 1. shall immediately evaluate the report to determine whether there is reason to suspect that the fraudulent activity has occurred or is occurring. If the immediate supervisor determines that there is reason to suspect that the fraudulent activity has occurred or is occurring, the immediate supervisor shall immediately report the facts and circumstances contributing to that suspicion to the sheriff and to the unit of the department of health services that is responsible for investigating suspected fraudulent activity as described in subd. 1.
49.845(4)(a)3. 3. Except as provided in subd. 2., an immediate supervisor who receives a report under subd. 1. shall keep the identity of the reporter confidential. A sheriff or unit of the department of health services that receives a report under subd. 2. shall keep the identity of the employee reporting under subd. 1. and the immediate supervisor reporting under subd. 2. confidential until the sheriff or unit determines that the report merits further investigation. If the sheriff or unit conducts a full investigation, the sheriff or unit shall keep the identity of that employee and immediate supervisor confidential if it is reasonably possible to do so. Any person who fails to report as required in subd. 1. or 2. may be required to forfeit not more than $1,000.
49.845(4)(b) (b) Any person participating in good faith in the making of a report under par. (a) 1. or 2. or in initiating, participating in, or testifying in, any action or proceeding in which fraudulent activity as described in par. (a) 1. is alleged shall have immunity from any liability, civil or criminal, that results by reason of the action. For the purpose of any proceeding, civil or criminal, the good faith of any person reporting under par. (a) 1. or 2. shall be presumed.
49.845(4)(c) (c) The department of health services or an employee of that department may not take disciplinary action against, or threaten to take disciplinary action against, any person because the person in good faith reported any information under par. (a) 1. or 2. or initiated, participated in, or testified in, any action or proceeding in which fraudulent activity as described in par. (a) 1. was alleged or because that department or employee believes that the person in good faith reported any information under par. (a) 1. or 2. or initiated, participated in, or testified in, such an action or proceeding.
49.845(4)(d) (d) Any person who is subjected to disciplinary action, or who is threatened with disciplinary action, in violation of par. (c) may file a complaint with the department of workforce development under s. 106.54 (9). If that department finds that a violation of par. (c) has been committed, that department may take such action under s. 111.39 as will effectuate the purpose of this section. Section 111.322 (2m) applies to a disciplinary action arising in connection with any proceeding under this paragraph.
49.845 History History: 2005 a. 25; 2007 a. 20 ss. 1681 to 1684, 9121 (6) (a); 2009 a. 76 ss. 37q to 37t; 2011 a. 260 s. 80.
49.846 49.846 Jurisdiction of the department of justice.
49.846(1) (1) In this section, "public assistance program" means any program administered by the department of health services or the department of children and families under this chapter under which the department administering the program provides services, benefits, or other assistance to individuals or families.
49.846(2) (2) The department of justice or the district attorney may institute, manage, control, and direct, in the proper county, any prosecution for violation of criminal laws affecting a public assistance program, including laws in this chapter, chs. 939 to 951 relating to Medical Assistance, Wisconsin Works, the food stamp program, or any other public assistance program, and laws affecting the health, safety, and welfare of public assistance program recipients. For this purpose the department of justice shall have and exercise all powers conferred upon district attorneys in such cases. If a prosecution under this section involves a person holding a license granted by the medical examining board or an interested affiliated credentialing board, the department of justice or district attorney shall notify the medical examining board or the interested affiliated credentialing board of the prosecution.
49.846 History History: 1977 c. 418; 1985 a. 340; 1993 a. 107; 1995 a. 27; 2013 a. 226 ss. 32, 33, 47; Stats. 2013 s. 49.846.
49.847 49.847 Recovery of incorrect payments under certain public assistance programs.
49.847(1) (1) Subject to ss. 49.497 (1) and 49.793 (1), the department of health services, or a county, multicounty consortium, as defined in s. 49.78 (1) (br), or elected governing body of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band acting on behalf of the department, may recover benefits incorrectly paid under any of the programs administered by the department under this chapter.
49.847(2) (2) The department, county, multicounty consortium, as defined in s. 49.78 (1) (br), or elected governing body may recover an overpayment from a family or individual who continues to receive benefits under any program administered by the department under this chapter by reducing the family's or individual's benefit amount. Subject to s. 49.793 (1), the department may by rule specify other methods for recovering incorrectly paid benefits.
49.847(3) (3)
49.847(3)(a)(a) Subject to ss. 49.497 (2) and 49.793 (2), and except as provided in par. (b), a county or elected governing body may retain a portion of an amount recovered under this section due to the efforts of an employee or officer of the county, tribe, or band, as provided by the department by rule.
49.847(3)(b) (b) Any amount that Milwaukee County would otherwise be entitled to retain under par. (a) for the recovery of an amount under this section due to the efforts of a department employee or officer, or a county employee or officer under the management of the department, shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (4) (L).
49.847 History History: 2005 a. 25; 2007 a. 20 s. 9121 (6) (a); 2009 a. 15; 2011 a. 32.
49.847 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. DHS 2, Wis. adm. code.
49.849 49.849 Recovery of correct payments under certain public assistance programs.
49.849(1) (1) Definitions. In this section:
49.849(1)(a) (a) "Decedent" means a deceased recipient or a deceased nonrecipient surviving spouse, whichever is applicable.
49.849(1)(b) (b) "Department" means the department of health services.
49.849(1)(c) (c) "Nonrecipient surviving spouse" means any person who was married to a recipient while the recipient was receiving public assistance and who survived the recipient.
49.849(1)(d) (d) "Property of a decedent" means all real and personal property to which the recipient held any legal title or in which the recipient had any legal interest immediately before death, to the extent of that title or interest, including assets transferred to a survivor, heir, or assignee through joint tenancy, tenancy in common, survivorship, life estate, revocable trust, or any other arrangement, excluding an irrevocable trust.
49.849(1)(e) (e) "Public assistance" means any services provided as a benefit under a long-term care program, as defined in s. 49.496 (1) (bk), medical assistance under subch. IV, long-term community support services funded under s. 46.27 (7), or aid under s. 49.68, 49.683, or 49.685.
49.849(1)(f) (f) "Recipient" means a person who received public assistance.
49.849(2) (2)Recoverable amounts.
49.849(2)(a)(a) Subject to par. (b), the department may collect from the property of a decedent by affidavit under sub. (3) (b) or by lien under sub. (4) (a) an amount equal to the medical assistance that is recoverable under s. 49.496 (3) (a), the long-term community support services under s. 46.27 that is recoverable under s. 46.27 (7g) (c) 1., or the aid under s. 49.68, 49.683, or 49.685 that is recoverable under s. 49.682 (2) (a), and that was paid on behalf of the decedent or the decedent's spouse, if all of the following conditions are satisfied:
49.849(2)(a)1. 1. The decedent died after September 30, 1991.
49.849(2)(a)2. 2. The decedent is not survived by a spouse, a child who is under age 21 or a child who is disabled, as defined in s. 49.468 (1) (a) 1.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Dec. 13, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Dec. 13, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-13-14)