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Bill S2118A-2013

Relates to the ability of continuing care retirement communities to offer seniors additional service options

Relates to the ability of continuing care retirement communities to offer seniors additional service options.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • Jun 21, 2013: COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jun 18, 2013: AMENDED ON THIRD READING 2118A
  • Jun 18, 2013: VOTE RECONSIDERED - RESTORED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 18, 2013: returned to senate
  • Jun 18, 2013: RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • Mar 4, 2013: referred to health
  • Mar 4, 2013: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Mar 4, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • Feb 12, 2013: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Feb 11, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Feb 5, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.50
  • Jan 11, 2013: REFERRED TO HEALTH

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BILL NUMBER:S2118A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to ability of continuing care retirement communities to offer seniors additional service options

PURPOSE OF THE BILL: To allow continuing care communities to offer life care and life care at home programs to seniors.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 - Amends and adds a new subdivision to section 4601 of the Public Health Law to allow for continuing care at home as continuing care retirement community contract option.

Section 2 - Amends the opening paragraph of subdivision 2 of section 4602 of the Public Health Law to delete the requirement that a life care contract mandate at least four council meetings per year.

Section 3 - Amends subdivision 1 of section 4603-a of the Public Health Law to change the name of "life care community council" to "continuing care retirement community council."

Section 4 - Amends paragraphs d and e and clause (C) of subparagraph

(iv) of paragraph j of subdivision 2 of section 4604 of the Public Health Law to change language to reflect continuing care retirement contracts and that clause (C) relates to facilities licensed by the Department of Health rather than the Department of Social Services.

Section 5 - Amends paragraph b of subdivision 4 of section 4604 of the Public Health Law to provide oversight by the Commissioner of Health rather than the Commissioner of Social Services.

Section 6 - Amends paragraph g of subdivision 2 of section 4604-a of the Public Health Law to reflect the option of continuing care at home services.

Section 7 Amends subdivision 13 of section 4606 of the Public Health Law to change language to reflect the option of continuing care at home contracts.

Section 8 - Paragraphs e, f and g of subdivision 14 of section 4606 of the Public Health Law are renumbered and a new paragraph e is added to list the types of meal plans available.

Section 9 - Amends section 4608 of the Public Health Law to include Continuing care retirement community or continuing care at home contracts and limit certain provisions to life care and modified

contracts only, and set forth certain requirements for life care at home contracts.

Section 10 - Amends subdivision 1 of section 4612 of the Public Health Law to recognize that some residents under this section may be living at home.

Section 11 - Amends subdivisions land 2 of section 4614 of the Public Health Law to reflect that the Commissioner of Health shall have responsibility for oversight.

Section 12 - Amends paragraph k of subdivision 1 of section 4615 of the Public Health Law to reflect responsibility of the Commissioner of Health.

Section 14 - Provides that this act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become law, provided that the Department of Health is authorized to immediately take such steps as may be necessary to ensure implementation of this act.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill would offer another option for seniors -life care at home. Existing CCRC campus providers may establish a separate affiliated 501(c)3 corporation to offer various levels of home care services as chosen by the contract holder, based upon the needs of the seniors(s) in the home. This bill will expand the continuum of services from limited services at home, through increased services, and eventual residence, if needed, on a CCRC campus. At home services can include, as necessary, personal health coordination, emergency response system, health and wellness programs, home nurse visits, companion services, home inspections, transportation, meals, on-campus activities and cultural events. Services are coordinated by a case manager. The program allows planned continuity so seniors can know they will continue to receive services over the years with the same provider as their needs change and know they can remain at home as long as possible with such services as they may require.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2012: A.8405-A/S.5224-B.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: May reduce costs to state if seniors can remain at home and not spend down their assets and seek Medicaid assistance.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred and eightieth day after it shall have become law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2118--A Cal. No. 50 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 11, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. RANZENHOFER, DeFRANCISCO, LIBOUS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, passed by Senate and deliv- ered to the Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to ability of contin- uing care retirement communities to offer seniors additional service options THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 2-a, 2-b, 3, 8, 10 and 10-a of section 4601 of the public health law, subdivision 2-a as added and subdivisions 3 and 8 as amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1997, subdivision 2-b as amended by chapter 523 of the laws of 2011, subdivision 10 as added by chapter 689 of the laws of 1989, and subdivision 10-a as added by chap- ter 401 of the laws of 2003, are amended and three new subdivisions 7-a, 7-b and 7-c are added to read as follows: 2-a. "Continuing care retirement COMMUNITY contract" shall mean a single contract to provide a person the services provided by a continu- ing care retirement community. 2-b. "Continuing care retirement community" or "community" shall mean a facility or facilities established to provide a comprehensive, cohe- sive living arrangement for the elderly, oriented to the enhancement of the quality of life and which, pursuant to the terms of the continuing care RETIREMENT COMMUNITY contract, at a minimum: a. provides, OR SUPPORTS THROUGH CONTINUING CARE AT HOME, independent living units, and [provides a] meal plan OPTIONS. The independent living unit can be made available either through a non-equity arrange- ment or through an equity arrangement including, but not limited to a
cooperative or condominium. For purposes of this article, the purchase price of an independent living unit in an equity arrangement, regardless of the form of the purchase agreement, shall not be considered an entry fee for purposes of calculating reserve liabilities, but shall be considered an entry fee for escrow purposes; b. provides a range of health care and social services, subject to such terms as may be included within the contract, which shall include adult care facility services of an on-site or affiliated adult care facility, and at a minimum, sixty days of prepaid services of an on-site or affiliated nursing facility for residents not receiving services under a fee-for-service contract; c. provides access to health services as defined in the contract, prescription drugs, and rehabilitation services; d. nothing in this article shall eliminate the obligation of a contin- uing care retirement community to provide at least sixty days of prepaid nursing facility services to all residents, with the exception of resi- dents receiving services under the terms of a fee-for-service continuing care contract as defined in this section. The prepaid days must include the first sixty days of nursing facility services, whether or not consecutive, not covered by Title XVIII of the federal social security act; and e. communities established under this article and offering fee-for- service continuing care contracts must offer, along with such fee-for- service continuing care contracts, life care and/or continuing care contracts as defined in subdivision eight-a of this section. 3. "Contracts" or "agreements" shall mean CONTINUING CARE AT HOME OR continuing care retirement COMMUNITY contracts as defined in this arti- cle. 7-A. "CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CORPORATION" SHALL MEAN AN ESTABLISHED SEPARATE 501 (C) 3 CORPORATION AFFILIATED WITH AN EXISTING CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY CAMPUS PROVIDER THROUGH WHICH CONTRACT HOLDERS PAY AN ENTRANCE FEE AND A MONTHLY FEE, BOTH OF WHICH WOULD CORRESPOND TO THE LEVEL OF SERVICE CHOSEN BY THE CONTRACT HOLDER. 7-B. "CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CONTRACT" SHALL MEAN A SINGLE CONTRACT TO PROVIDE A PERSON WITH LONG TERM CARE SERVICES AND SUPPORTS BASED UPON AN INDIVIDUAL'S NEEDS AND COORDINATED BY A CASE MANAGER, WHICH SHALL INCLUDE SERVICES PROVIDED TO THE INDIVIDUAL IN HIS OR HER RESIDENCE AND SERVICES OF THE AFFILIATED COMMUNITY'S NURSING FACILITY AND ADULT CARE FACILITY, OR AFFILIATED FACILITIES. 7-C. A. "CONTINUING CARE AT HOME" CORPORATIONS PROVIDING SERVICES IN A NURSING HOME AS DEFINED IN SECTION TWENTY-EIGHT HUNDRED ONE OF THIS CHAPTER MUST BE LICENSED UNDER ARTICLE TWENTY-EIGHT AND SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS AND STANDARDS OF SUCH ARTICLE. B. "CONTINUING CARE AT HOME" CORPORATIONS PROVIDING HOME CARE SERVICES AS DEFINED IN SECTION THIRTY-SIX HUNDRED TWO OF THIS CHAPTER MUST BE LICENSED UNDER ARTICLE THIRTY-SIX AND SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS AND STANDARDS OF SUCH ARTICLE. 8. "Life care contract" shall mean a single continuing care retirement COMMUNITY contract OR A CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CONTRACT to provide a person, for the duration of such person's life, the services provided by the continuing care retirement community OR THE CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CORPORATION, which services shall include unlimited services of [an on-site or affiliated nursing facility] THE AFFILIATED COMMUNITY'S NURS- ING FACILITY OR AFFILIATED NURSING HOME. Such term also shall mean a single continuing care retirement COMMUNITY contract to provide a person, for the duration of such person's life, the services provided by
the continuing care retirement community under an arrangement in which the costs of the residents' unlimited nursing home or home [health] care services are paid for in whole or in part by a long term care insurance policy approved by the superintendent in accordance with applicable regulations or by long term care insurance or medical assistance payments in accordance with the partnership for long term care program pursuant to the provisions of section three hundred sixty-seven-f of the social services law, section three thousand two hundred twenty-nine of the insurance law and section four thousand six hundred twenty-three of this chapter. 10. "Living unit" shall mean an apartment, room, cottage, or other area within a community set aside for the exclusive use of one or more residents, OR THE CONTRACT HOLDER'S PRIVATE RESIDENCE. 10-a. "Meal plan" shall mean an arrangement whereby the person enter- ing into the continuing care retirement contract is provided with [no fewer than five meals per month. Additional meals shall be available on a fee-for-service basis] OPTIONS REGARDING THE INCLUSION OF MEALS WITHIN THE CONTRACT. S 2. The opening paragraph of subdivision 2 of section 4602 of the public health law, as amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows: The council shall meet as often as may be deemed necessary to fulfill its responsibilities[, but in no event less than four times per year]. The council shall have the following powers and duties: S 3. Subdivision 1 of section 4603-a of the public health law, as added by chapter 393 of the laws of 1991, is amended to read as follows: 1. The commissioner, upon approval of the [life care] CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT community council and the public health council shall issue a certificate of incorporation of up to three residential health care demonstration facilities. Notwithstanding any provision of article twen- ty-eight of this chapter or any other provisions of law to the contrary, the public health council may approve without regard to the requirement of public need as set forth in subdivision three of section twenty-eight hundred one-a of this chapter, a certificate of incorporation or appli- cation for establishment of such facilities. S 4. Paragraphs d and e and clause (C) of subparagraph (iv) of para- graph j of subdivision 2 of section 4604 of the public health law, para- graph d as added by chapter 689 of the laws of 1989 and paragraph e and clause (C) of subparagraph (iv) of paragraph j as amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1997, are amended to read as follows: d. a copy of the proposed forms of contracts to be entered into with residents of the community OR CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CONTRACT HOLDERS; e. complete details of any agreements with a licensed insurer, includ- ing copies of proposed contracts, requiring the insurer to assume, whol- ly or in part, the cost of medical or health related services to be provided to a resident OR CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CONTRACT HOLDERS pursuant to a continuing care retirement COMMUNITY OR CONTINUING CARE AT HOME contract; (C) is or was subject to a currently effective injunctive or restric- tive order or federal or state administrative order relating to business activity or health care as a result of an action brought by a public agency or department, including, without limitation, actions affecting a license to operate a hospital as defined by section twenty-eight hundred one of this chapter, or a facility required to be licensed or certified by the department of [social services] HEALTH. The statement shall set forth the court or agency, date of conviction or judgment, the penalty
imposed or damages assessed, or the date, nature and issuer of the order; S 5. Paragraph b of subdivision 4 of section 4604 of the public health law, as amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows: b. the commissioner [of social services] as to those aspects of the application relating to adult care facility beds, if any; S 6. Paragraph g of subdivision 2 of section 4604-a of the public health law, as added by chapter 659 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows: g. Unless all residents OR CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CONTRACT HOLDERS have life care contracts, the operator has adequately made the assur- ances required by subdivision two of section forty-six hundred twenty- four of this article and has agreed to fund the liability in the event that [resident] SUCH RESIDENT'S OR CONTRACT HOLDER'S assets are insuffi- cient to pay for nursing facility services for a one year period. S 7. Subdivision 13 of section 4606 of the public health law, as added by chapter 659 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows: 13. The initial disclosure statement and marketing materials of a continuing care retirement community AND CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CORPO- RATION must clearly include a description of the services offered as part of its contract, including, but not limited to, any limitations on nursing facility services. The initial disclosure statement and market- ing materials of a continuing care retirement community OR CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CORPORATION which offers various types of contracts, which may include life care contracts, must clearly differentiate among the various types of contracts which it may offer. S 8. Paragraphs e, f and g of subdivision 14 of section 4606 of the public health law are relettered paragraphs f, g and h and a new para- graph e is added to read as follows: E. THE TYPES OF MEAL PLANS AVAILABLE; S 9. Section 4608 of the public health law, as added by chapter 689 of the laws of 1989, the section heading, the opening paragraph and subdi- vision 6 as amended and subdivision 17 as added by chapter 659 of the laws of 1997, subdivision 2 as amended by chapter 120 of the laws of 1993, subdivision 8 as amended by chapter 66 of the laws of 1994 and subdivision 15 as further amended by section 104 of part A of chapter 62 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: S 4608. Continuing care retirement COMMUNITY contract. A continuing care retirement COMMUNITY OR CONTINUING CARE AT HOME contract shall contain all of the following information in no less than twelve point type and in plain language, in addition to any other terms or matter as may be required by regulations adopted by the council and issued by the superintendent, EXCEPT WHEN SPECIFICALLY NOTED: 1. The amount of all money transferred, including, but not limited to, donations, subscriptions, deposits, fees, and any other amounts paid or payable by, or on behalf of, the resident or residents OR CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CONTRACT HOLDER OR HOLDERS; 2. A description of all services which are to be furnished by the operator, a description of any fees in addition to the entrance fee and periodic charges provided for in the contract, and the conditions under which the fees may be adjusted, provided that an operator shall not charge any non-refundable application fee to a prospective resident who has paid a non-refundable priority reservation agreement application fee;
3. The procedures of the community OR CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CORPO- RATION relating to a resident's OR CONTRACT HOLDER'S failure to pay the required monthly fees; 4. A statement of the figures and terms concerning the entry of a spouse to the community and the consequences if the spouse does not meet the requirements for entry; 5. A statement of the terms and conditions under which a contract may be cancelled by the operator or by a resident OR CONTRACT HOLDER and the conditions under which all or any portion of the entrance fee will be refunded by the operator, including the mandatory refund provisions set forth in sections forty-six hundred nine and forty-six hundred ten of this article; 6. a. The procedures and conditions under which a resident may be transferred from his or her living unit OR HOME including a statement that, at the time of transfer, the resident will be given the reasons for the transfer; the process by which a transfer decision is made; the persons with the authority to make the decision to transfer; a description of any change in charges to be paid by the resident for services not covered by the contract fees as a result of the transfer; and a statement regarding the disposition of and the right to return to the living unit in cases of temporary and permanent transfers. b. [The] FOR CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY CONTRACTS ONLY THE circumstances under which a living unit may be considered vacant and eligible for transfer or resale to a new resident, either due to the permanent transfer of a resident to the community's nursing or other specialized facility or due to the permanent transfer of a resident to a hospital or other facility outside of the community; provided, however, that nothing therein shall relieve a community from its obligations to provide or to insure provision of all contractually required care pursu- ant to the terms of a continuing care retirement contract. Should a resident's chronic condition require placement in a more specialized chronic care facility that provides services beyond those provided through the community's nursing facility, the liability of THE community pursuant to the terms of a continuing care retirement contract shall be equal to the current per diem rate of the nursing facility minus the pro rata apportionment of the resident's monthly fee for the period of care required by the contract. Nothing herein shall obligate a continuing care retirement community which does not have a life care contract with a resident to provide or pay for a level of nursing facility services nor for any duration beyond what is specifically described in its continuing care retirement contract with that resident. This section shall not affect the operator's obligation under subdivision two of section forty-six hundred twenty-four of this article; 7. [A] FOR CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY CONTRACTS ONLY A statement that, if the resident dies prior to occupancy date or, through illness, injury, or incapacity is precluded from becoming a resident under the terms of the contract, the contract is automatically rescinded and the resident or his or her legal representative shall receive a full refund of all moneys paid to the facility, except for those costs specifically incurred by the facility at the request of the resident and set forth in writing in a separate addendum, signed by the parties to the contract; 8. FOR CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CONTRACTS THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THE CONTRACT HOLDER MAY MOVE INTO A CAMPUS INDEPENDENT LIVING UNIT, ADULT CARE FACILITY OR NURSING HOME;
9. [A] FOR CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY CONTRACTS ONLY, A statement of the conditions under which all or any portion of the entrance fee will be released to the operator before the living unit becomes available for occupancy, and a statement of the conditions under which all or any portion of that fee will be refunded in the event of the death of the resident and/or spouse following occupancy of a living unit, including the mandatory refund provisions set forth in section forty-six hundred nine of this article; [9.] 10. A statement of the advance notice to be provided the resident OR CONTRACT HOLDER, of not less than sixty days, of any change in fees or charges or scope of care or services; [10.] 11. A statement that no act, agreement, or statement of any resident OR CONTRACT HOLDER, or of an individual purchasing care for a resident OR CONTRACT HOLDER under any agreement to furnish care to the resident OR CONTRACT HOLDER, shall constitute a valid waiver of any provision of this article or of any regulation enacted pursuant thereto intended for the benefit or protection of the resident OR CONTRACT HOLD- ER or the individual purchasing care for the resident OR CONTRACT HOLDER; [11. A] 12. FOR CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY CONTRACTS A description of the reinstatement policies if a resident leaves the facility or the contract is cancelled; [12.] 13. FOR CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CONTRACTS A DESCRIPTION OF POLI- CIES IF THE CONTRACT IS CANCELLED. 14. A statement that internal procedures to resolve disputes and grievances have been established, and residents AND CONTRACT HOLDERS notified of them; [13.] 15. A statement of the grace period, if any, for the payment of periodic fees without a penalty, and the extent of any penalty for the late payment thereof; [14.] 16. A statement that: a. the resident OR CONTRACT HOLDER, AS APPLICABLE shall, if eligible, enroll in medicare parts a and b or the equivalent and shall continue to maintain that coverage, together with medicare supplement coverage at least equivalent in benefits to those established by the superintendent as minimum benefits for medicare supplement policies; b. if the resident OR CONTRACT HOLDER fails to maintain medicare coverage and a medicare supplement coverage, or is ineligible for such coverage and fails to purchase the equivalent of such coverage, the community OR CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CORPORATION shall purchase the coverage or equivalent coverage on behalf and at the expense of the resident OR CONTRACT HOLDER and shall have the authority to require an appropriate adjustment in payments by the resident OR CONTRACT HOLDER to the community OR CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CORPORATION; c. if the community OR CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CORPORATION cannot purchase medicare coverage and medicare supplement coverage or the equivalent, the community shall have the authority to require an adjust- ment in monthly fees, subject to the approval of the superintendent, to fund the additional risk to the facility OR CORPORATION; and d. if the resident OR CONTRACT HOLDER fails to purchase or maintain medicare coverage and medicare supplement coverage or the equivalent, and the community OR CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CORPORATION has not purchased such coverage, the community OR CORPORATION will be responsi- ble for any expenses which would have been covered by medicare and medi- care supplement coverage. The community OR CORPORATION may add the
amount of such expenses to the resident's OR CONTRACT HOLDER'S monthly fees. [15.] 17. A statement that any amendment to the contract and any change in fees or charges, other than those within the guidelines of an approved rating system, must be approved by the superintendent of finan- cial services; and [16.] 18. A statement that property shall not be substituted as payment for either the entrance fee or monthly fee. [17.] 19. [A] FOR CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY CONTRACTS, A statement whether the continuing care retirement COMMUNITY contract includes any ownership, beneficial or trust interest in the assets of the operator, the assets of the facility, or both. Assets shall include, but are not limited to, property, trusts, reserves, interest and other assets. S 10. Subdivision 1 of section 4612 of the public health law, as added by chapter 689 of the laws of 1989, is amended to read as follows: 1. Residents [living] in a community authorized by this article shall have the right of self-organization, the right to be represented by one or more individuals of their own choosing, and the right to engage in concerted activities for the purpose of keeping informed of the opera- tion of the community in which they live. S 11. Subdivisions 1 and 2 of section 4614 of the public health law, as amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1997 and subdivision 2 as further amended by section 104 of part A of chapter 62 of the laws of 2011, are amended to read as follows: 1. The commissioner, or designee; AND the superintendent, or designee; [and, with regard to communities for which the department of social services has regulatory responsibility, the commissioner of social services, or designee,] may at any time, and shall at least once every three years, visit each community and examine the business of any appli- cant for a certificate of authority and any operator engaged in the execution of continuing care retirement COMMUNITY contracts OR CONTINU- ING CARE AT HOME CONTRACTS or engaged in the performance of obligations under such contracts. Routine examinations may be conducted by having documents designated by and submitted to such commissioners or super- intendent, which shall include financial documents and records conform- ing to commonly accepted accounting principles and practices. The final written report of each such examination conducted by such commissioners or superintendent shall be filed with the commissioner and, when so filed, shall constitute a public record. A copy of each report shall be provided to members of the continuing care retirement community council. Any operator being examined shall, upon request, give reasonable and timely access to all of its records. The representative or examiner designated by the commissioners or superintendent, respectively, may, at any time, examine the records and affairs and inspect the community's facilities, whether in connection with a formal examination or not. 2. Any duly authorized officer, employee, or agent of the health department, [social services department,] or department of financial services may, upon presentation of proper identification, have access to, and inspect, any records maintained by the community OR BY THE CONTINUING CARE AT HOME CORPORATION relevant to the respective agency's regulatory authority, with or without advance notice, to secure compli- ance with, or to prevent a violation of, any provision of this article. S 12. Paragraph k of subdivision 1 of section 4615 of the public health law, as amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows:
k. The commissioner [or the commissioner of social services] has found violations of applicable statutes, rules or regulations which threaten to affect directly the health, safety, or welfare of a resident of a continuing care retirement community OR A CONTRACT HOLDER OF A CONTINU- ING CARE AT HOME CONTRACT. S 13. The section heading of section 4623 of the public health law, as amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows: Long term care insurance [for] AND continuing care retirement contracts. S 14. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediately the department of health is authorized to take such steps in advance of such effective date, including the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation as may be necessary to ensure the time- ly implementation of this act on such effective date.

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