Bill S2330-2013

Makes certain persons who are eligible for or receiving social security disability insurance benefits eligible for elderly pharmaceutical insurance coverage

Makes certain persons (meeting certain income requirements) who are eligible for or receiving social security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits eligible for elderly pharmaceutical insurance coverage.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO AGING
  • Jan 16, 2013: REFERRED TO AGING

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BILL NUMBER:S2330

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to making certain persons who are eligible for or receiving social security disability insurance benefits eligible for elderly pharmaceutical insurance coverage

PURPOSE: This bill adds low-income disabled persons to the list of persons eligible to receive benefits from New York's (EPIC) program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends subdivisions 1 and 2 of section 242 of the elder law to add persons who are eligible for or receiving social security disability insurance (SSDI) to the list of eligible participants in the EPIC program.

Makes provisions effective immediately upon enactment.

JUSTIFICATION: The EPIC program which offers prescription drug assistance has proven helpful to many senior citizens who face high costs for pharmaceuticals, but do not qualify for Medicaid. Medicare does not cover prescriptions. In recent years, many programs originally designed to benefit senior citizens - ranging from Social Security to real property tax reductions - have been extended to cover disabled persons. This recognizes that through no fault of their own, disabled persons may experience similar limitations on their ability to independently earn a living as do elderly citizens. Advances in pharmaceuticals have also increased their importance in helping disabled persons remain active in their community. Yet, faced with severe income limitations, declining availability of employer-paid health insurance and caps on prescription coverage which are increasingly being implemented by health insurers, many disabled individuals are unable to afford the pharmaceuticals which may be essential to their health. This bill would follow clear precedent in other programs by extending the EPIC program to include low-income disabled individuals.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2006: S.3081 - Referred to Aging 2008: S.2258 - Referred to Aging 2009-10: S.1840 - Referred to Aging 2011-12: S. 985 - Referred to Aging

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: 180 days after it shall become law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2330 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 16, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. KLEIN, ADAMS, ADDABBO, BRESLIN, DIAZ, DILAN, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER, PARKER, SAVINO, SERRANO, SMITH, STAVISKY, VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to making certain persons who are eligible for or receiving social security disability insurance benefits eligible for elderly pharmaceutical insurance coverage THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 1 and 2 of section 242 of the elder law, subdivision 1 as amended by section 4 and subdivision 2 as added by section 5 of part T of chapter 56 of the laws of 2012, are amended to read as follows: 1. Persons eligible for comprehensive coverage under section two hundred forty-seven of this title shall include: (a) any unmarried resident who is at least sixty-five years of age, OR ELIGIBLE FOR OR RECEIVING SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE (SSDI) BENEFITS, and whose income for the calendar year immediately preceding the effective date of the annual coverage period beginning on or after January first, two thousand five, is less than or equal to twenty thou- sand dollars. After the initial determination of eligibility, each eligible individual must be redetermined eligible at least every twen- ty-four months; and (b) any married resident who is at least sixty-five years of age, OR ELIGIBLE FOR OR RECEIVING SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE (SSDI) BENEFITS, and whose income for the calendar year immediately preceding the effective date of the annual coverage period when combined with the income in the same calendar year of such married person's spouse begin- ning on or after January first, two thousand one, is less than or equal to twenty-six thousand dollars. After the initial determination of
eligibility, each eligible individual must be redetermined eligible at least every twenty-four months. 2. Persons eligible for catastrophic coverage under section two hundred forty-eight of this title shall include: (a) any unmarried resident who is at least sixty-five years of age, OR ELIGIBLE FOR OR RECEIVING SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE (SSDI) BENEFITS, and whose income for the calendar year immediately preceding the effective date of the annual coverage period beginning on or after January first, two thousand one, is more than twenty thousand and less than or equal to thirty-five thousand dollars. After the initial deter- mination of eligibility, each eligible individual must be redetermined eligible at least every twenty-four months; and (b) any married resident who is at least sixty-five years of age, OR ELIGIBLE FOR OR RECEIVING SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE (SSDI) BENEFITS, and whose income for the calendar year immediately preceding the effective date of the annual coverage period when combined with the income in the same calendar year of such married person's spouse begin- ning on or after January first, two thousand one, is more than twenty- six thousand dollars and less than or equal to fifty thousand dollars. After the initial determination of eligibility, each eligible individual must be redetermined eligible at least every twenty-four months. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law and shall apply to benefits paid on or after such effective date. Effective immediately the executive director of the elderly pharmaceutical insurance coverage panel may promulgate any rules and regulations necessary for the implementation of this act.

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