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information regarding the child and family. Therefore, we

are retaining the provision in proposed §303.520(a)(1)(iii)

in new paragraph (a)(2)(i) of §303.520. This provision

specifies that a State may not require a parent to sign up for or enroll in public benefits or insurance programs as a condition of receiving Part C services and must obtain parental consent prior to requiring enrollment. A consent

requirement for enrollment protects parents’ financial

interests by allowing them to consider the costs they may incur by enrolling in a public benefits or insurance program. Additionally, a consent requirement for

enrollment protects parents’ rights regarding the

disclosure of personally identifiable information.

Children and parents who are already enrolled in a public benefits or insurance program. We are persuaded by commenters who opposed the requirement in proposed

§303.520(a)(1)(i) to obtain parental consent when a child

or parent is already enrolled in a public benefits or insurance program. The commenters argued that requiring consent could affect the timely provision of Part C services to children and families and that requiring parental consent when a child or parent is already enrolled in a public benefits or insurance program would not provide additional privacy protections given that the public