44:10-64. Satisfaction of sanction, repayment obligation
10. a. A person shall be required to satisfy any sanction or repayment obligation incurred pursuant to any federal or State law governing public assistance, including any act repealed by this act, as a condition of eligibility for benefits.
b. (1) Whenever a parent or relative with whom a dependent child is living applies for or is receiving benefits for that child, and it appears that there is pending entitlement to a payment to the child or to either or both of his parents of funds arising from a claim or interest legally or equitably owned by the child or by either or both of his parents, other than that portion of a personal injury award which a court specifically awards to a child to make him whole as a result of an injury, the county agency may, as a condition of eligibility or continuation of eligibility for benefits, require either or both parents, or relative, to execute a written promise to repay, from the funds anticipated, the amount of benefits to be granted from the date of entitlement to that payment. Upon any refusal to make repayment, including refusal by any person acting for or on behalf of either or both parents, or relative, in accordance with the written promise, the county agency may take all necessary and proper action under State law to enforce that promise, and the granting or continuing of benefits, as the case may be, shall be deemed due consideration therefor. Any payments from the settlement of the claim or interest legally or equitably owned by the child or by either or both of his parents made by any person acting for or on behalf of either or both parents, or relative, subsequent to notice of claim of the county agency and prior to express written approval by the county agency shall cause that person to be liable to the county agency in the amount of the payment.
(2) Whenever any child with respect to whom benefits have been paid pursuant to this act or assistance paid pursuant to any act repealed by this act, shall die prior to the attainment of his 21st birthday, and shall leave an estate, the total amount of benefits paid with respect to that child pursuant to this act and the total amount of assistance paid pursuant to any act repealed by this act, shall be a valid and enforceable claim against that estate, with priority over all other unsecured claims except reasonable funeral expenses and terminal medical and hospital expenses, and the county agency shall take all necessary and proper action under State law to enforce that claim.
(3) The county agency may, with the consent and approval of the Division of Family Development in the Department of Human Services, compromise and settle any claim for repayment of benefits paid pursuant to this act or assistance paid pursuant to any act repealed by this act.
(4) The Division of Family Development shall determine and cause to be made such financial adjustments as are necessary to maintain a correct proportional participation in any repayment among the counties and State.
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