Abandoned Infants Assistance Act

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Summary

(REVISED AS OF 09/13/88)

Abandoned Infants Assistance Act of 1988


Title I:
Foster Care and Residential Care of Infants and Young Children Abandoned in Hospitals - Authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) to make grants to public and nonprofit private entities for demonstration projects to:
  1. prevent the abandonment of infants and young children;
  2. identify and address the needs of abandoned infants and young children, particularly those with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS);
  3. assist them, particularly those with AIDS, to reside with their natural families or in foster families, as appropriate;
  4. recruit, train, and retain foster families;
  5. carry out residential care progams;
  6. carry out respite care programs for families and foster families of infants and children with AIDS; and
  7. recruit and train health and social services personnel to work with such families and residential programs

Requires, when grant funds are expended for foster care, that a case plan and a case review system be included for each infant or child

Sets forth grant agreement and application requirements

Provides for technical assistance for grantees and applicants

Directs the Secretary, directly or through contracts, to provide for evaluations of such projects and dissemination of information developed as a result of such projects

Directs the Secretary to conduct a study to determine an estimate of:

  1. the number of infants and young children abandoned in hospitals in the United States and the number of such infants who have AIDS; and
  2. the annual costs incurred by Federal, State, and local governments in providing housing and care for such infants and young children. Directs the Secretary, within 12 months after enactment of this Act, to complete such study and report the findings to the Congress

Directs the Secretary to conduct a study to determine the most effective methods for responding to the needs of abandoned infants and young children. Directs the Secretary, by April 1, 1991, to complete such study and report the findings to the Congress

Authorizes appropriations for FY 1989 through 1991 for grants under this title

Prohibits making any such grant after September 30, 1991

Title II: Medical Costs of Treatment with Respect to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome - Directs the Secretary to conduct a study to determine:

  1. cost-effective methods for providing assistance to individuals for the medical costs of treatment of conditions arising from infection with the etiologic agent for AIDS, including a determination of the feasibility of risk-pool health insurance for individuals at risk of such infection;
  2. the extent to which Federal Medicaid payments under title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act are being expended for such medical costs; and
  3. an estimate of the extent to which such Federal payments will be expended for such medical costs during the five-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act. Directs the Secretary, within 12 months after such enactment date, to complete the study of such cost-effective methods and report the findings to specified congressional committees

Title III: General Provisions - Sets forth definitions for purposes of this Act.

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