Establishes the medicaid outreach and enrollment program to help identify those medicare enrollees who are eligible for medicaid services but who are not participating, through outreach initiatives.
- Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO HEALTH
- Mar 31, 2011: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO HEALTH
- Feb 22, 2011: NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - REQUESTED
- Jan 5, 2011: REFERRED TO AGING
BILL NUMBER:S481 TITLE OF BILL: REVISED 12/30/11 An act in relation to increasing access to medicines for needy seniors through the outreach to and enrollment of eligible Medicare beneficiaries in the Medicaid program PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to establish the Medicaid outreach and enrollment program, which would increase the access of pharmaceuticals, for needy senior citizens and the disabled. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. Short Title: "Medicaid Outreach and Enrollment for Qualifying Medicare Beneficiaries Program" Section 2. Legislative Findings and Intent Section 3. Establishes the Medicaid Outreach and Enrollment Program. Such program shall be administered by the Department of Health. Allows the Department to develop outreach initiatives to identify Medicaid-eligible, Medicare beneficiaries who are not currently participating in the Medicaid program and to encourage those individuals to seek enrollment in the Medicaid program. Such initiatives may include; mailings, advertisements, public service announcements, literature dissemination and community outreach. Section 4. Requires the Department of Health to report to the legislature on an annual basis commencing one year after program implementation. Specifies the criteria to be included in such report, including the number of individuals who qualified and the number that were targeted via the program, the number that enrolled in the program, a description of the outreach initiatives utilized by the program, and a detailed accounting of how funding was used. Section 5. Effective Date EXISTING LEGISLATION: None. JUSTIFICATION: This law will allow the Department of Health to develop an initiative to increase the number of Medicare beneficiaries who are eligible for but not enrolled in the Medicaid program. It is also a way for the Department of Health to create a list of individuals who qualify for the Medicaid program and put forth effort to enroll them in the Medicaid program so that these individuals can have proper health care and pharmaceuticals. The individuals who are qualifying for this program need to know that they have support from the Department of Health. Requiring the Department of Health to report on an annual basis will ensure the program is progressing at the desired pace. It also keeps the legislature up to date with the initiative efforts and the results of the program. PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011: S.481 - Discharged from Aging, Committed to Health/A.1113 Referred to Aging 2009-2010: S.6116 - Referred to Finance/A.7552 - Referred to Aging 2007-2008: A.2791 - Referred to Aging 2005-2006: A.2232 - Referred to Aging 2003-2004: A.3508 - Held in Ways and Means 2002: A.9822 - Passed Assembly FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR ST ATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: To be determined. EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 481 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. DIAZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging AN ACT in relation to increasing access to medicines for needy seniors through the outreach to and enrollment of eligible Medicare benefici- aries in the Medicaid program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "medicaid outreach and enrollment for qualifying medicare beneficiaries program". S 2. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature finds and declares that almost thirty percent of medicare enrollees have no cover- age for pharmaceuticals. Of that number nearly twenty-five percent are living below the federal poverty level. Under the medicaid program the state of New York provides pharmaceutical coverage for qualifying indi- viduals. There are many medicare beneficiaries in New York that qualify for medicaid services but are not enrolled and participating in the program. The legislature further finds that the medicaid outreach and enrollment for qualifying medicare beneficiaries program will identify those medicare enrollees who are eligible for medicaid services, but are not participating, through outreach initiatives. S 3. Medicaid outreach and enrollment program. There is hereby estab- lished the medicaid outreach and enrollment program ("program"). The program shall be administered by the department of health. The depart- ment of health shall implement and administer the program through the development of outreach initiatives to identify medicaid-eligible medi- care beneficiaries who are not participating in the medicaid program and to promote and encourage enrollment of these eligible individuals in the medicaid program. Initiatives may include, but shall not be limited to, mailings, advertisements, public service announcements, literature dissemination and community outreach. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03244-01-1 S. 481 2 S 4. The department of health shall report to the legislature on an annual basis commencing one year after the implementation of the provisions of the program. The report shall include the baseline number of medicare beneficiaries who were medicaid eligible at the beginning of the previous year; the number of medicaid-eligible beneficiaries who were medicare beneficiaries who were targeted via the program; the number of medicaid-eligible medicare beneficiaries who enrolled in medi- caid in a given year and any information of enrollment via the program; a description of the outreach initiatives utilized by the program; and a detailed accounting of how funding was utilized. S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.