Bill S6948-2011

Makes permanent the authorization to assisted living programs in certain counties to increase the availability of assisted living beds

Makes permanent the authorization to assisted living programs in certain counties to increase the availability of assisted living beds.

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  • Jun 21, 2012: SUBSTITUTED BY A10304
  • Jun 11, 2012: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 6, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jun 5, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.1083
  • Apr 16, 2012: REFERRED TO HEALTH

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VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Health - Jun 5, 2012
Ayes (12): Hannon, Ball, Fuschillo, Golden, Larkin, McDonald, Seward, Young, Duane, Rivera, Stewart-Cousins, Peralta
Ayes W/R (3): Adams, Gianaris, Montgomery
Excused (2): Farley, Smith

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BILL NUMBER:S6948

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the social services law, in relation to assisted living programs in certain counties which are authorized to increase the availability of assisted living beds; and to amend chapter 545 of the laws of 2005, amending the social services law relating to the assisted living program, in relation to making permanent and eliminating the expiration of the provisions thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This bill would make permanent the provisions of Chapter 545 of the Laws of 2003 which created an Assisted Living Program (ALP) located in a county with a population of more than one hundred ten thousand and less than one hundred fifty thousand persons based on the two thousand federal census.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section one of the bill amends section 461-l of Chapter 593 of the laws of 2005 to clarify that the population criteria cited in the law is based on the 2000 Federal Census and to eliminate the requirement of an annual report to the Commissioner of the Department of Health, the Governor and the Legislature, regarding the cost savings to the to the State and local governments.

Section 2 of the bill amends Section 2 of Chapter 545 of the laws of 2003 to remove the repeal date, thereby making the law permanent.

JUSTIFICATION:

Since this ALP program was expanded in 2003, the State and local governments have consistently saved Medicaid dollars. Making the law permanent will ensure continued savings.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill that would make permanent Chapter 545 of the Laws of 2003, which was extended by Chapter 593 of the Laws of 2005 and Chapter 374 of the Laws of 2010.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Continued savings to State and local government is anticipated.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6948 IN SENATE April 16, 2012 ___________
Introduced by Sen. YOUNG -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to assisted living programs in certain counties which are authorized to increase the availability of assisted living beds; and to amend chapter 545 of the laws of 2005, amending the social services law relating to the assisted living program, in relation to making permanent and eliminat- ing the expiration of the provisions thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (g) of subdivision 3 of section 461-l of the social services law, as amended by chapter 593 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows: (g) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, any assisted living program having less than seventy-five authorized bed slots, located in a county with a population of more than one hundred ten thousand and less than one hundred fifty thousand persons BASED UPON THE DECENNIAL FEDERAL CENSUS FOR THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND, and which at any point in time is unable to accommodate individuals awaiting placement into the assisted living program, shall be authorized to increase the number of assisted living beds available for a specified period of time as part of a demonstration program by up to thirty percent of its approved bed level; provided, however, that such program shall otherwise satisfy all other assisted living program requirements as set forth in this section. In addition, any program which receives such authorization and which at any point on or after July first, two thousand five is unable to accommodate individuals awaiting placement into the assisted program, shall be authorized to further increase the number of assisted living beds available as part of this demonstration program by up to twenty-five percent of its bed level as of July first, two thousand five; provided, however, that such program shall otherwise satisfy all other assisted living program requirements as set forth in this section. [Further, any such program which receives authorization to increase the number of assisted living beds available pursuant to this paragraph
shall submit a report annually to the commissioner of health, the gover- nor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assem- bly, which contains the cost of the program, including the savings to state and local governments, the number of persons served by the program by county, a description of the demographic and clinical characteristics of patients served by the program, and an evaluation of the quality of care provided to persons served by the program. After release of the second report by any such program if the findings of the report do not reflect a cost savings to the state and local governments, the program may be terminated immediately by the commissioner of health. Within thirty days of the termination of a demonstration program, the commis- sioner of health shall submit a report to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly which outlines the reasons for early termination of such program.]
S 2. Section 2 of chapter 545 of the laws of 2003, amending the social services law relating to the assisted living program, as amended by chapter 374 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: S 2. This act shall take effect immediately [and shall be deemed repealed September 1, 2013. Provided that, any person placed in an assisted living program pursuant to paragraph (g) of subdivision 3 of section 461-l of the social services law, as added by section one of this act, prior to the repeal of this act shall be authorized to remain in such program and receive the services thereof after the repeal of this act. Furthermore, state funding for the provision of assisted living program services authorized by this act shall continue after the repeal of this act for any person to which the provisions of this act shall continue to apply]. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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