Imposes a one year residency requirement for eligibility for medical assistance; authorizes the commissioner of health to promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take any other measures necessary to implement this act.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to imposing a one year residency requirement for eligibility for medical assistance
PURPOSE: This bill would impose a one year state residency requirement for eligibility for Medicaid program services.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 - amends Sec. 117 of the Social Services Law by adding a new subdivision 4 to impose a one year state residency requirement for eligibility for Medicaid.
Section 2 - Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: New York has one of the most generous Medicaid programs in the United States. People from other states have taken advantage of this state's generosity towards it residents and purposefully moved to New York solely for the benefit of its charitable social programs. Imposing a one year state residency requirement before allowing individuals to qualify for New York's Medicaid program would discourage individuals from moving to the state solely for the purpose of receiving Medicaid while preserving Medicaid services for the people who have made New York their home. At a time when the State is looking at devastating cuts to the Medicaid system, we need to consider alternative ways of saving money, this legislation represents one of the most pragmatic ,ways of cost cutting, provide services to those individuals who are residents of New York, rather than individuals looking to take advantage of this State's generosity.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.3363 Referenced to Senate Social Services
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Positive to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: One Hundred Twenty days since effective date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 550 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to imposing a one year residency requirement for eligibility for medical assistance THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 117 of the social services law is amended by adding a new subdivision 4 to read as follows: 4. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY INCONSISTENT PROVISION OF THE FOREGOING SUBDI- VISIONS OF THIS SECTION OR ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, FOR THE PURPOSES OF ELIGIBILITY FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PURSUANT TO TITLE ELEVEN OF ARTI- CLE FIVE OF THIS CHAPTER OR ANY SUCCESSOR PROVISIONS THEREOF, NO PERSON SHALL BE ELIGIBLE THEREFOR UNLESS SUCH PERSON SHALL HAVE BEEN A RESIDENT OF THIS STATE FOR ONE YEAR OR MORE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately the commissioner of health is authorized to promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take any other measures necessary to implement this act on its effective date on or before such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04602-01-3