Thursday, January 11, 2001
Interim rule with request for comments. This interim rule amends the regulations for the Special Milk Program for Children, Summer Food Service Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Determining Eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Meals and Milk in Schools. The rule establishes requirements for the disclosure of children’s free and reduced price meal or free milk eligibility information to State Medicaid (Medicaid) and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) by State and local agencies responsible for free and reduced price meal or free milk eligibility determinations. These regulations affect State agencies and program operators that administer the Child Nutrition Programs (National School Lunch Program, Special Milk Program for Children, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Summer Food Service Program) and who elect to disclose children’s free and reduced price meal or free milk eligibility information to Medicaid and SCHIP. The provisions also affect households determined eligible for free and reduced price meals or free milk. The rule reflects the waiver of confidentiality provisions of the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000 and is intended to facilitate enrollment of eligible children in Medicaid and SCHIP.