Legal Resources | United States Code, Title 20 | 1440
Payor Of Last Resort
(a) Nonsubstitution.--Funds provided under 20 USC 1443 may not be used to satisfy a financial commitment for services that would have been paid for from another public or private source, including any medical program administered by the Secretary of Defense, but for the enactment of this part, except that whenever considered necessary to prevent a delay in the receipt of appropriate early intervention services by an infant, toddler, or family in a timely fashion, funds provided under 20 USC 1443 may be used to pay the provider of services pending reimbursement from the agency that has ultimate responsibility for the payment.
(b) Obligations Related to and Methods of Ensuring Services.--
(1) Establishing financial responsibility for services.--
(A) In general.--The Chief Executive Officer of a State or designee of the officer shall ensure that an interagency agreement or other mechanism for interagency coordination is in effect between each public agency and the designated lead agency, in order to ensure--
(i) the provision of, and financial responsibility for, services provided under this part; and (ii) such services are consistent with the requirements of 20 USC 1435 and the State's application pursuant to 20 USC 1437, including the provision of such services during the pendency of any such dispute.
(B) Consistency between agreements or mechanisms under part b.--The Chief Executive Officer of a State or designee of the officer shall ensure that the terms and conditions of such agreement or mechanism are consistent with the terms and conditions of the State's agreement or mechanism under 20 USC 1412 (a)(12), where appropriate.
(2) Reimbursement for services by public agency.--
(A) In general.--If a public agency other than an educational agency fails to provide or pay for the services pursuant to an agreement required under paragraph (1), the local educational agency or State agency (as determined by the Chief Executive Officer or designee) shall provide or pay for the provision of such services to the child.
(B) Reimbursement.--Such local educational agency or State agency is authorized to claim reimbursement for the services from the public agency that failed to provide or pay for such services and such public agency shall reimburse the local educational agency or State agency pursuant to the terms of the interagency agreement or other mechanism required under paragraph (1).
(3) Special rule.--The requirements of paragraph (1) may be met through--
(A) State statute or regulation; (B) signed agreements between respective agency officials that clearly identify the responsibilities of each agency relating to the provision of services; or (C) other appropriate written methods as determined by the Chief Executive Officer of the State or designee of the officer and approved by the Secretary through the review and approval of the State's application pursuant to 20 USC 1437.
(c) Reduction of Other Benefits.--Nothing in this part shall be construed to permit the State to reduce medical or other assistance available or to alter eligibility under title V of the Social Security Act (relating to maternal and child health) or title XIX of the Social Security Act (relating to medicaid for infants or toddlers with disabilities) within the State.
(Amended by P.L. 108-446, Sec. 640.)