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49.857(3)(ac)1.1. If an individual timely requests a hearing under par. (a) 5., the court shall schedule a hearing within 10 business days after receiving the request. A circuit court commissioner may conduct the hearing. The only issues at the hearing shall be whether the individual is delinquent in making court-ordered payments of support and whether any alternative payment arrangement offered by the department or the county child support agency is reasonable.
49.857(3)(ac)2. 2. If at a hearing under subd. 1. the court or circuit court commissioner finds that the individual does not owe delinquent support, or if within 20 business days after receiving a notice under par. (a) the individual pays the delinquent amount in full or makes satisfactory alternative payment arrangements, the department may not place the individual's name on a certification list.
49.857(3)(ac)3. 3. If at a hearing under subd. 1. the court or circuit court commissioner makes a written determination that alternative payment arrangements proposed by the department or a child support agency are not reasonable, the court or circuit court commissioner may order for the individual an alternative payment arrangement. If the court or circuit court commissioner orders an alternative payment arrangement, the department may not place the individual's name on a certification list.
49.857(3)(am) (am) If an individual, after receiving notice under par. (a), does not timely request a hearing or pay the delinquent amount of support or make satisfactory alternative payment arrangements, the department shall place the individual's name on a certification list. Thereafter, the department or a child support agency shall provide a 2nd notice to the individual by regular mail that informs the individual of all of the following:
49.857(3)(am)1. 1. That the individual's name has been placed on a certification list, which will be provided to a licensing authority, a licensing agency or, with respect to a credential granted by a credentialing board, the department of safety and professional services.
49.857(3)(am)2. 2. When the certification will be made.
49.857(3)(am)3. 3. That, upon certification, for a period of 5 years any license that the individual holds from any licensing agency or credentialing board, or from any licensing authority if the licensing authority agrees, will be restricted, limited, suspended or not renewed or revalidated, and any license for which the individual applies or has applied from any licensing agency or credentialing board, or from any licensing authority if the licensing authority agrees, will not be granted or issued.
49.857(3)(am)4. 4. That the certification will not be made if the individual pays the delinquent amount in full or makes satisfactory alternative payment arrangements with the department or a child support agency. The notice shall inform the individual of how he or she may pay the delinquent amount or make satisfactory alternative payment arrangements.
49.857(3)(am)5. 5. That, within 20 business days after receiving the notice, the individual may request a hearing before the circuit court that rendered the order or judgment requiring the payments. The request shall be in writing and the individual shall mail or deliver a copy of the request to the child support agency.
49.857(3)(ar)1.1. If an individual timely requests a hearing under par. (am) 5., the court shall schedule a hearing within 10 business days after receiving the request. A circuit court commissioner may conduct the hearing. The only issues at the hearing shall be whether the individual is delinquent in making court-ordered payments of support and whether any alternative payment arrangement offered by the department or the county child support agency is reasonable.
49.857(3)(ar)2. 2. If at a hearing under subd. 1. the court or circuit court commissioner finds that the individual does not owe delinquent support, or if within 20 business days after receiving a notice under par. (am) the individual pays the delinquent amount in full or makes satisfactory alternative payment arrangements, the department shall remove the individual's name from the certification list.
49.857(3)(ar)3. 3. If at a hearing under subd. 1. the court or circuit court commissioner makes a written determination that alternative payment arrangements proposed by the department or a child support agency are not reasonable, the court or circuit court commissioner may order for the individual an alternative payment arrangement. If the court or circuit court commissioner orders an alternative payment arrangement, the department may not place the individual's name on a certification list.
49.857(3)(b) (b) Any subpoena or warrant shall include notice to the individual of the effect that a failure to comply with the subpoena or warrant may have on any license that the individual holds or for which the individual applies. If the individual fails to comply, before the department certifies to a licensing authority or a licensing agency under the system established under sub. (2) that an individual has failed to comply with a subpoena or warrant, the department or a child support agency shall provide notice to the individual by regular mail. The notice shall inform the individual of all of the following:
49.857(3)(b)1. 1. That a certification of the failure to comply with a subpoena or warrant will be made to a licensing authority, a licensing agency or, with respect to a credential granted by a credentialing board, the department of safety and professional services.
49.857(3)(b)2. 2. When the certification under subd. 1. will occur.
49.857(3)(b)3. 3. That, upon certification, for a period of 6 months any license that the individual holds from any licensing agency or credentialing board, or from any licensing authority if the licensing authority agrees, will be restricted, limited, suspended or not renewed or revalidated, and any license for which the individual applies or has applied from any licensing agency or credentialing board, or from any licensing authority if the licensing authority agrees, will not be granted or issued.
49.857(3)(b)4. 4. That certification will not be made if the individual satisfies the requirements under the subpoena or warrant. The notice shall inform the individual of how he or she may satisfy those requirements.
49.857(3)(bm) (bm) If an individual, after receiving notice under par. (b), does not satisfy the requirements under the subpoena or warrant, the department shall place the individual's name on a certification list.
49.857(3)(c) (c) If the department of children and families provides a certification list to a licensing authority, a licensing agency or, with respect to a credential granted by a credentialing board, the department of safety and professional services, upon receipt of the list the licensing authority if the licensing authority agrees, the licensing agency or, with respect to a credential granted by a credentialing board, the department of safety and professional services shall do all of the following:
49.857(3)(c)1. 1. In accordance with a memorandum of understanding entered into under sub. (2) (b), restrict, limit, suspend, withhold, deny, refuse to grant or issue or refuse to renew or revalidate a license if the individual holding or applying for the license is included on the list.
49.857(3)(c)2. 2. Provide notice to the individual by regular mail of the action taken under subd. 1.
49.857(3)(d)1.1. Subject to sub. (2) (d), if an individual who, on the basis of delinquent support, is denied a license or whose license, on the basis of delinquent support, is restricted, limited, suspended, or refused renewal or revalidation under a memorandum of understanding entered into under sub. (2) (b) pays the delinquent amount of support in full or makes satisfactory alternative payment arrangements, the department of children and families shall immediately notify the licensing authority or licensing agency to issue or reinstate the individual's license as provided in the memorandum of understanding. If the individual held or applied for a credential granted by a credentialing board, the department of safety and professional services shall, upon notice by the department of children and families, notify the credentialing board to grant or reinstate the individual's credential.
49.857(3)(d)2. 2. Subject to sub. (2) (d), if an individual who, on the basis of a failure to comply with a subpoena or warrant, is denied a license or whose license, on the basis of a failure to comply with a subpoena or warrant, is restricted, limited, suspended, or refused renewal or revalidation under a memorandum of understanding entered into under sub. (2) (b) satisfies the requirements under the subpoena or warrant, the department of children and families shall immediately notify the licensing authority or licensing agency to issue or reinstate the individual's license as provided in the memorandum of understanding. If the individual held or applied for a credential granted by a credentialing board, the department of safety and professional services shall, upon notice by the department of children and families, notify the credentialing board to grant or reinstate the individual's credential.
49.857(4) (4) Each licensing agency shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the department of children and families under sub. (2) (b) and shall cooperate with the department of children and families in its administration of s. 49.22. The department of safety and professional services shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the department of children and families on behalf of a credentialing board with respect to a credential granted by the credentialing board.
49.857(5) (5) The restriction, limitation, suspension, withholding or denial of, or the refusal to grant, issue, renew or revalidate, a license under a memorandum of understanding entered into under sub. (2) (b) is not subject to administrative review under ch. 227.
49.857 Annotation Administrative Enforcement: A New Tool to Collect Support Arrears. Hickey. Wis. Law. Dec. 1998.
49.858 49.858 General provisions related to administrative support enforcement.
49.858(1) (1) Definition. In this section:
49.858(1)(a) (a) "Department" means the department of children and families.
49.858(1)(b) (b) "Support" has the meaning given in s. 49.857 (1) (g).
49.858(2) (2)Rules. For the procedures under this subchapter for the administrative enforcement of support obligations, the department shall promulgate rules related to all of the following:
49.858(2)(a) (a) Establishing guidelines for appropriate payment plans or alternative payment arrangements for the payment by obligors of delinquent support.
49.858(2)(b) (b) Providing notice of administrative support enforcement proceedings to obligees of delinquent support. The department may provide that notice be given to the obligee of the delinquent support whenever an enforcement proceeding under this subchapter is initiated or that notice be provided only upon request.
49.858(2)(c) (c) Specifying the level of support that is overdue before an individual is considered to be delinquent in the payment of support for purposes of the administrative support enforcement proceedings under this subchapter. The rules shall provide that, for support that is payable on a periodic basis, an amount equal to at least 100% of the amount due in one month must be in arrears before the department may initiate any administrative support enforcement proceeding under this subchapter.
49.858(3) (3)Review of circuit court commissioner decisions. If a circuit court commissioner conducts a hearing in any administrative support enforcement proceeding under s. 49.852, 49.856 or 49.857, the department or the obligor may, within 15 business days after the date that the circuit court commissioner makes his or her decision, request review of the decision by the court with jurisdiction over the matter.
49.858 History History: 1997 a. 191; 2001 a. 61; 2007 a. 20.
49.858 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. DCF 152, Wis. adm. code.
49.86 49.86 Disbursement of funds and facsimile signatures.
49.86(1)(1) In this section:
49.86(1)(a) (a) "Department" means the department of children and families.
49.86(1)(b) (b) "Secretary" means the secretary of children and families.
49.86(2) (2) Withdrawal or disbursement of moneys deposited in a public depository, as defined in s. 34.01 (5), to the credit of the department or any of its divisions or agencies shall be by check, share draft, or other draft signed by the secretary or by one or more persons in the department designated by written authorization of the secretary. Such checks, share drafts, and other drafts shall be signed personally or by use of a mechanical device adopted by the secretary or his or her designees for affixing a facsimile signature. Any public depository shall be fully warranted and protected in making payment on any check, share draft, or other draft bearing such facsimile signature notwithstanding that the facsimile may have been placed thereon without the authority of the secretary or his or her designees.
49.86 History History: 1995 a. 27 ss. 3213, 9130 (4); 1997 a. 3; 2007 a. 20.
49.89 49.89 Third party liability.
49.89(1) (1) Definition. In this section, "insurer" includes a sponsor, other than an insurer, that contracts to provide health care services to members of a group.
49.89(2) (2)Subrogation. The department of health services, the department of children and families, a county, or an elected tribal governing body that provides any public assistance under this chapter or under s. 253.05 as a result of the occurrence of an injury, sickness, or death that creates a claim or cause of action, whether in tort or contract, on the part of a public assistance recipient or beneficiary or the estate of a recipient or beneficiary against a 3rd party, including an insurer, is subrogated to the rights of the recipient, beneficiary or estate and may make a claim or maintain an action or intervene in a claim or action by the recipient, beneficiary, or estate against the 3rd party. Subrogation under this subsection because of the provision of medical assistance under subch. IV constitutes a lien, equal to the amount of the medical assistance provided as a result of the injury, sickness, or death that gave rise to the claim. The lien is on any payment resulting from a judgment or settlement that may be due the obligor. A lien under this subsection continues until it is released and discharged by the department of health services.
49.89(3) (3)Assignment of actions. By applying for assistance under this chapter or under s. 253.05, an applicant assigns to the state department, the county department or the tribal governing body that provided the assistance the right to make a claim to recover an indemnity from a 3rd party, including an insurer, if the assistance is provided as a result of the occurrence of injury, sickness or death that results in a possible recovery of an indemnity from the 3rd party.
49.89(3m) (3m)Notice requirements.
49.89(3m)(a)(a) An attorney retained to represent a current or former recipient of assistance under this chapter, or the recipient's estate, in asserting a claim that is subrogated under sub. (2) or assigned under sub. (3) shall provide notice under par. (c).
49.89(3m)(b) (b) If no attorney is retained to represent a current or former recipient of assistance under this chapter, or the recipient's estate, in asserting a claim that is subrogated under sub. (2) or assigned under sub. (3), the current or former recipient or his or her guardian or, if the recipient is deceased, the personal representative of the recipient's estate, shall provide notice under par. (c).
49.89(3m)(bm) (bm) A person against whom a claim that is subrogated under sub. (2) or assigned under sub. (3) is made, or that person's attorney or insurer, shall provide notice under par. (c), if that person, attorney or insurer knows, or could reasonably determine, that the claimant is a recipient or former recipient of medical assistance under subch. IV, or is the estate of a former recipient of medical assistance under subch. IV.
49.89(3m)(c) (c) If a person is required to provide notice under this paragraph, the person shall provide notice by certified mail to the department that provided the assistance as soon as practicable after the occurrence of each of the following events for a claim under par. (a) or (b):
49.89(3m)(c)1. 1. The filing of the action asserting the claim.
49.89(3m)(c)2. 2. Intervention in the action asserting the claim.
49.89(3m)(c)3. 3. Consolidation of the action asserting the claim.
49.89(3m)(c)4. 4. An award or settlement of all or part of the claim.
49.89(4) (4)Control of action. The applicant or recipient or any party having a right under this section may make a claim against the 3rd party or may commence an action and shall join the other party as provided under s. 803.03 (2). Each shall have an equal voice in the prosecution of such claim or action.
49.89(5) (5)Recovery; how computed. Reasonable costs of collection including attorney fees shall be deducted first. The amount of assistance granted as a result of the occurrence of the injury, sickness or death shall be deducted next and the remainder shall be paid to the public assistance recipient or other party entitled to payment.
49.89(6) (6)Departments' duties and powers. The department of health services and the department of children and families shall enforce their rights under this section and may contract for the recovery of any claim or right of indemnity arising under this section.
49.89(7) (7)Payments to local units of government.
49.89(7)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (f), any county or elected tribal governing body that has made a recovery under this section shall receive an incentive payment from the sum recovered as provided under this subsection.
49.89(7)(b) (b) The incentive payment shall be an amount equal to 15% of the amount recovered because of benefits paid under s. 49.46, 49.465, 49.468, 49.47, or 49.471. The incentive payment shall be taken from the federal share of the sum recovered as provided under 42 CFR 433.153 and 433.154.
49.89(7)(bm) (bm) The incentive payment shall be an amount equal to 15% of the amount recovered because of benefits paid as state supplemental payments under s. 49.77. The incentive payment shall be taken from the state share of the sum recovered.
49.89(7)(c) (c) The incentive payment shall be an amount equal to 15% of the amount recovered because of benefits paid under s. 49.20, 1997 stats., or s. 49.19, 49.785, or 253.05. The incentive payment shall be taken from the state share of the sum recovered, except that the incentive payment for an amount recovered because of benefits paid under s. 49.19 shall be considered an administrative cost under s. 49.19 for the purpose of claiming federal funding.
49.89(7)(d)1.1. Any county or elected tribal governing body that has made a recovery under this section for which it is eligible to receive an incentive payment under par. (b) or (bm) shall report such recovery to the department of health services within 30 days after the end of the month in which the recovery is made in a manner specified by the department of health services.
49.89(7)(d)2. 2. Any county or elected tribal governing body that has made a recovery under this section for which it is eligible to receive an incentive payment under par. (c) shall report such recovery to the department of children and families within 30 days after the end of the month in which the recovery is made in a manner specified by the department of children and families.
49.89(7)(e) (e) The amount of the recovery remaining after payments are made under pars. (b) to (c) shall be deposited in the state treasury and credited to the appropriation from which the assistance was originally paid.
49.89(7)(f) (f) The amount of any incentive payment to which Milwaukee County would otherwise be entitled under this subsection for a recovery under this section due to the efforts of an employee or officer of the department of health services, or a county employee or officer under the management of the department of health services, shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (4) (im).
49.89(8) (8)Welfare claims not prejudiced by recipient's release.
49.89(8)(a)(a) No person who has or may have a claim or cause of action in tort or contract and who has received assistance under this chapter or under s. 253.05 as a result of the occurrence that creates the claim or cause of action may release the liable party or the liable party's insurer from liability to the units of government specified in sub. (2). Any payment to a beneficiary or recipient of assistance under this chapter or under s. 253.05 in consideration of a release from liability is evidence of the payer's liability to the unit of government that granted the assistance.
49.89(8)(b) (b) Liability under par. (a) is to the extent of assistance payments under this chapter or under s. 253.05 resulting from the occurrence creating the claim or cause of action, but not in excess of any insurance policy limits, counting payments made to the injured person. The unit of government administering assistance shall include in its claim any assistance paid to or on behalf of dependents of the injured person, to the extent that eligibility for assistance resulted from the occurrence creating the claim or cause of action.
49.89(9) (9)Powers of health maintenance organizations. A health maintenance organization or other prepaid health care plan has the powers of the department of health services under subs. (2) to (5) to recover the costs which the organization or plan incurs in treating an individual if all of the following circumstances are present:
49.89(9)(a) (a) The costs result from an occurrence of an injury or sickness of an individual who is a recipient of medical assistance.
49.89(9)(b) (b) The occurrence of the injury or sickness creates a claim or cause of action on the part of the recipient or the estate of the recipient.
49.89(9)(c) (c) The medical costs are incurred during a period for which the department of health services pays a capitation or enrollment fee for the recipient.
49.89 Annotation Counties were entitled to be reimbursed for medical assistance from insurance settlements obtained by accident victims despite the fact that neither victim had been fully compensated. Waukesha County v. Johnson, 107 Wis. 2d 155, 320 N.W.2d 1 (Ct. App. 1982).
49.89 Annotation A county could recoup medical assistance payments from a recipient who was minor. Perkins v. Utnehmer, 122 Wis. 2d 497, 361 N.W.2d 739 (Ct. App. 1984).
49.89 Annotation This section, not s. 49.45 (19) (a) 2., specifically addresses the assignment of actions and subrogation of rights by a public assistance recipient who is injured and has a tort claim against a 3rd party. Ellsworth v. Schelbrock, 2000 WI 63, 235 Wis. 2d 678, 611 N.W.2d 764, 98-0294.
49.89 Annotation An Arkansas law that automatically imposed a lien on tort settlements in an amount equal to the state's Medicaid's costs incurred on behalf of the settlement recipient, including settlement proceeds meant to compensate the recipient for damages distinct from medical costs like pain and suffering, lost wages, and loss of future earnings contravened federal law and was therefore unenforceable. A state cannot lay claim to more than the portion of the settlement that represents medical expenses. Arkansas Dept. of Health and Human Services v. Ahlborn, 547 U.S. 268, 164 L. Ed. 2d 459, 126 S. Ct. 1752 (2006).
49.89 Annotation Attorney's fees are not chargeable against public assistance recovered in an action under this section. 70 Atty. Gen. 61.
49.90 49.90 Liability of relatives; enforcement.
49.90(1) (1)
49.90(1)(a)1.1. The parent and spouse of any dependent person who is unable to maintain himself or herself shall maintain such dependent person, so far as able, in a manner approved by the authorities having charge of the dependent, or by the board in charge of the institution where such dependent person is; but no parent shall be required to support a child 18 years of age or older.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)