Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 2. Community-Based Services

Respite Care And Employment Responsibilities -- Liabilities

53-20-222. Respite care and employment responsibilities -- liabilities. (1) Contingent upon approval of the program by the federal government for purposes of receiving federal medicaid funds, the department may make payment to an approved, certified, and qualified medicaid provider who passes through the payment on behalf of a family to a person providing respite care for individuals who, because of age or infirmity, are unable to care for themselves as provided under 29 U.S.C. 213. A qualified medicaid provider who passes through payment may not be considered an employer by the department for the purposes of workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, or wage and hour requirements.

(2) The department, through administrative rule, waiver of a state or federal program providing payment for respite care, or a pilot program, may not require a qualified medicaid provider to assume employer responsibilities or liabilities if the family chooses to negotiate the respite care agreement and the qualified provider does not:

(a) control the person who provides respite care; or

(b) direct the respite care provided by the person.

(3) (a) The department may provide an option to families to choose self-directed care.

(b) The department shall continue to provide families the choice of negotiating respite care by using a local qualified medicaid provider to provide pass-through payment and benefiting from the exemptions provided under 39-3-406, 39-51-204, and 39-71-401.

History: En. Sec. 2, Ch. 281, L. 2009; amd. Sec. 12, Ch. 123, L. 2011.