Establishes the child health plus and school meals enrollment coordination act.
BILL NUMBER: S4057
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the public health law, in relation to establishing the child health plus and school meals enrollment coordination act of 2010
PURPOSE : This bill would require coordination between Child Health Plus and School Meals to ensure that children who are eligible and enrolled for free and reduced price school meals are also enrolled in Child Health Plus.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1: Short title Creates the Child Health Plus and School Meals Enrollment Coordination Act of 2010. Section 2: Legislative Intent. Section 3: Amends the Public Health Law to allow written documentation of income eligibility of a child for free or reduce breakfast or lunch to be used as proof of eligibility for Child Health Plus. Section 4: Requires the Commissioner of Health, the Superintendent of Insurance and the Commissioner of Education to work collaboratively to establish and implement a reporting system pertaining to income eligibility between Child Health Plus and the Free and Reduced Price School Breakfast and Lunch Programs.
JUSTIFICATION : 400,000 children in New York State are uninsured Most of these children, approximately 360,000, are eligible for, but not participating in Child Health Plus A (Medicaid) arid Child Health Plus B, Children without health insurance are eight times more likely not to have a primary health care provider than children from non-poor, white, insured families. In New York State, the gap in access to health care is greater for minority children Uninsured Hispanic children are 10 times more likely than insured Hispanic children to miss out on the medical care they need, Uninsured African-American children are 20 times more likely than insured African-American children not to receive needed medical care.
Good health and nutrition are the fundamentals of laying a strong foundation for early childhood development, success in school, and later achievement as adults, Therefore, it is imperative that New York State use all available methods to increase enrollment in Child Health Plus, Since the majority of children who are eligible for but not participating in Child Health Plus are attending school, it is necessary to improve coordination between the Free and Reduced Price School Meals Program and Child Health Plus so that children who apply for and participate the school meals programs are also enrolled in Child Health Plus.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2007-08 - S3843-A - Died Health Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect June 1, 2010 and shall apply to the 2010-2011 academic school year.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4057 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 8, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. STEWART-COUSINS, DIAZ, HASSELL-THOMPSON, MONTGOMERY, ONORATO, OPPENHEIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to establishing the child health plus and school meals enrollment coordination act of 2010 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "child health plus and school meals enrollment coordination act of 2010". S 2. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds and declares good health and good nutrition the fundamentals of laying a strong foun- dation for early childhood development, success in school, and later achievement as adults, and therefore, finds it necessary to increase enrollment in child health plus. To do so, the legislature finds it necessary to coordinate the school meal program with child health plus. Through three successful programs, which are the Child Health Plus Insurance Program, the School Breakfast Program, and the School Lunch Program, New York state has shown a long-standing commitment to provid- ing health care to its residents, and through the efforts of the legis- lature, is a national leader in health care innovation. New York state has made important strides in enrolling children in public health insur- ance by expanding eligibility to cover more children, simplifying the application and re-certification processes, and establishing facilitated enrollment centers throughout the state. Furthermore, the state has attempted to improve the health of its schoolchildren by improving the nutritional status of school meals and by making such meals more afford- able through the free and reduced price School Breakfast and School Lunch programs. Despite the long-standing, successful history of Child Health Plus in New York state, hundreds of thousands of children are not participatingEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10048-01-9 S. 4057 2
in this vitally necessary and important public health program. Uninsured children comprise 17%, or approximately 476,000 of the 2.8 million unin- sured people in New York state. Of these 476,000 children, 320,000 are eligible for, but not participating in either Child Health Plus A (Medi- caid) or Child Health Plus B. The legislature further finds that the impact on children who are uninsured, and particularly poor children, is serious because leaving treatable and preventable conditions undiagnosed and untreated can have lifelong adverse effects on their functioning and opportunities. Delayed or missed care also cuts children off from routine health care provided in primary care settings that includes child-specific, age-appropriate screening, diagnosis and treatment of both chronic and acute conditions. One-third (32.9%) of uninsured children in New York state go without any medical care for the entire year in a society where 87.5% of insured children receive care during the same period. Research shows that having access to reliable and accountable primary health care is associated with lower pediatric hospitalization rates for conditions that are preventable with good primary care. In New York state, the gap in access to health care is greater for minority children. Uninsured Hispanic children are 10 times more likely than insured Hispanic children to not receive the medical care they need. Uninsured African-American children are 20 times more likely than insured African-American children to not receive necessary medical care. Since the majority of children who are eligible for but not partic- ipating in Child Health Plus are attending school, the legislature finds it necessary to improve coordination between these two health and nutri- tion programs so that children who apply for and participate in either free or reduced price school meals are also enrolled in Child Health Plus. S 3. Subparagraph (iii) of paragraph f of subdivision 2 of section 2511 of the public health law, as added by section 44 of part A of chap- ter 1 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows: (iii) Income documentation shall include, but not be limited to, one or more of the following for each parent and legally responsible adult who is a member of the household and whose income is available to the child; (A) current annual income tax returns; (B) paycheck stubs; (C) written documentation of income from all employers; or (D) WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION OF INCOME ELIGIBILITY OF A CHILD FOR FREE OR REDUCED BREAKFAST OR LUNCH THROUGH THE SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAM CERTIFIED BY THE CHILD'S SCHOOL; OR (E) other documentation of income (earned or unearned) as determined by the commissioner, provided, however, such documentation shall set forth the source of such income. S 4. The commissioner of health, the superintendent of insurance, and the commissioner of education shall work collaboratively to establish and implement a systematic reporting system pertaining to income eligi- bility for children enrolled in school and receiving free or reduced meals through the school meal program and shall immediately promulgate any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on or before its effective date. S 5. This act shall take effect June 1, 2010 and shall apply to the 2010-2011 academic school year.