CA Fam Code Section 17540


(1)Commencing July 1, 2000, the department shall pay only those county claims for federal or state reimbursement under this division which are filed with the department within nine months of the end of the calendar quarter in which the costs are paid. A claim filed after that time may only be paid if the claim falls within the exceptions set forth in federal law.


The department may change the nine-month limitation specified in paragraph (1), as deemed necessary by the department to comply with federal changes which affect time limits for filing a claim.


(1)The department may waive the time limit imposed by subdivision (a) if the department determines there was good cause for a county’s failure to file a claim or claims within the time limit.


(A)For purposes of this subdivision, “good cause” means circumstances which are beyond the county’s control, including acts of God and documented action or inaction by the state or federal government.


“Circumstances beyond the county’s control” do not include neglect or failure on the part of the county or any of its offices, officers, or employees.


A county shall request a waiver of the time limit imposed by this section for good cause in accordance with regulations adopted and promulgated by the department.


The department’s authority to waive the time limit under this subdivision shall be subject to the availability of funds and shall not apply to claims submitted more than 18 months after the end of the calendar quarter in which costs were paid.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

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