Copayment Calculation

Created on: 
Feb 01 2016

Related WACs

Working Connections Child Care

Seasonal Child Care

DCYF Clarifying Information (published February 1, 2017)

WAC 110-15-0075

Splitting Copayments Between Multiple Providers

A consumer may request the copayment to be split among providers. The consumer may choose which provider to assign the copayment.

Additional Information

What is a copayment?

A copayment is the amount of money the consumer is responsible to pay the child care provider toward the cost of child care.  

How is a copayment calculated?

Copayments are based on household size and total gross income. Household size determines the income limit, which is 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Countable income under 82% of the FPL will result in a $15 copayment.

Countable income more than 82% up to 137.5% of the FPL will result in a $65 copayment.

Countable income more than 137.5% up to 200% of the FPL will be calculated using the following formula: Subtract 137.5% FPL from the Countable Income, multiply by .50, and add $65.

Example: A household of two has a total countable income of $2050. The income standard at application and reapplication for a household of two in 2015 is $2656 per month. 137.5% of the Federal Poverty Level in this case is $1826. Because the countable income is higher than that, the copayment is calculated as follows:

$2050 – $1826 = $224 x 0.5 = $112 + $65 = $177. This is the client’s copayment.

The Department of Children, Youth and Families has a detailed copayment calculation table available on their website.