63.1-105.2. Requirements for recipients of aid to families with dependent children (AFDC).

An applicant for aid to families with dependent children (AFDC) shall provide verification that all eligible children not enrolled in school, a licensed family day home, or a licensed child day center, have received immunizations in accordance with 32.1-46. However, if an eligible child has not received immunizations in accordance with 32.1-46, verification shall be provided at the next scheduled redetermination of eligibility for AFDC after initial eligibility is granted that the child has received at least one dose of each of the immunizations required by 32.1-46 as appropriate for the child's age and that the child's physician or the local health department has developed a plan for completing the immunizations. Verification of compliance with the plan for completing the immunizations shall be presented at subsequent redeterminations of eligibility for AFDC.

Recipients of AFDC on the effective date of this act shall provide verification of receipt of immunizations in accordance with 32.1-46 for all eligible children not enrolled in school, a licensed family day home, or a licensed child day center, at the next scheduled redetermination of eligibility for AFDC after notification of the requirements of this act. However, if an eligible child has not received immunizations in accordance with 32.1-46, verification shall be provided at the next scheduled redetermination of eligibility for AFDC after notification of the requirements of this act that the child has received at least one dose of each of the immunizations required by 32.1-46 as appropriate for the child's age and that the child's physician or the local health department has developed a plan for completing the immunizations. Verification of compliance with the plan for completing the immunizations shall be presented at subsequent redeterminations of eligibility for AFDC.

If necessary, the local department shall provide assistance to the AFDC recipient in obtaining verification from immunization providers. No sanction may be imposed until the reason for the failure to comply with the immunization requirement has been identified and any barriers to accessing immunizations have been removed.

Failure by the recipient to provide the required verification of immunizations shall result in a reduction in the amount of monthly assistance received from the AFDC program until the required verification is provided. The reduction shall be fifty dollars for the first child and twenty-five dollars for each additional child for whom verification is not provided.

Any person who becomes ineligible for AFDC payments as a result of this provision shall nonetheless be considered an AFDC recipient for all other purposes, including Medicaid eligibility. ------------------------------------------------------------------------

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