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PUBLIC LAW 98-000—MMMM. DD, 1984

PUBLIC LAW 98-378—AUG. 16, 1984

98 STAT. 1321

section. The Governor shall transmit such report to the Secretary of Health and Human Services along with the Governor's comments thereon. (e) None of the costs incurred in the establishment and operation of a State Commission under this section, or incurred by such a Commission in carrying out its functions under subsections (c) and (d), shall be considered as expenditures qualifying for Federal payments under part A or D of title IV of the Social Security Act or be 42 USC 601, 651. otherwise payable or reimbursable by the United States or any agency thereof. (f) If the Secretary determines, at the request of any State on the basis of information submitted by the State and such other information as may be available to the Secretary, that such State— (1) has placed in effect and is implementing objective standards for the determination and enforcement of child support obligations, (2) has established within the five years prior to the enact- Ante, p. 1305. ment of this Act a commission or council with substantially the same functions as the State Commissions provided for under this section, or (3) is making satisfactory progress toward fully effective child support enforcement and will continue to do so, then such State shall not be required to establish a State Commission under this section and the preceding provisions of this section shall not apply. INCLUSION OF MEDICAL SUPPORT IN CHILD SUPPORT ORDERS

SEC. 16. Section 452 of the Social Security Act is amended by 42 USC 652. adding at the end thereof the following new subsection: "(f) The Secretary shall issue regulations to require that State Regulations. agencies administering the child support enforcement program under this part petition for the inclusion of medical support as part of any child support order whenever health care coverage is available to the absent parent at a reasonable cost. Such regulation shall also provide for improved information exchange between such State agencies and the State agencies administering the State medicaid programs under title XIX with respect to the availability of health 42 USC 1396. insurance coverage.". I N C R E A S E D AVAILABILITY OF FEDERAL PARENT LOCATOR SERVICE TO STATE AGENCIES

SEC. 17. Section 453(f) of the Social Security Act is amended by 42 USC 653. striking out ", after determining that the absent parent cannot be located through the procedures under the control of such State agencies,". STATE GUIDELINES FOR CHILD SUPPORT AWARDS

SEC. 18. (a) Part D of title IV of the Social Security Act (as amended by section 3(b) of this Act) is further amended by adding at the end thereof the following new section:

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STATE GUIDELINES FOR CHILD SUPPORT AWARDS

"SEC. 467. (a) Each State, as a condition for having its State plan 42 USC 667. approved under this part, must establish guidelines for child support

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