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A03145 Summary:

BILL NOA03145B
 
SAME ASSAME AS S02187-A
 
SPONSORCarroll (MS)
 
COSPNSRBenedetto, Abbate, Colton, Gottfried, Jaffee, Peoples-Stokes, Rivera, Rosenthal L, Gunther, Miller MG, Ortiz, Santabarbara, Stirpe, Barrett, Englebright, Mosley, Blake, Dickens, Sayegh, Buttenschon, Frontus, Arroyo, D'Urso, Cruz, Fall, Dinowitz, Crespo, Finch, Crouch, Montesano, Raia, Barron
 
MLTSPNSRCook, Cusick, DenDekker, Glick, Malliotakis, Perry, Simon
 
Amd 242, Eld L
 
Provides that an individual shall not become ineligible under the EPIC program due to an increase in social security benefits or a public or private pension where such increase does not exceed the consumer price index.
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A03145 Actions:

BILL NOA03145B
 
01/28/2019referred to aging
04/09/2019reported referred to ways and means
05/02/2019amend and recommit to ways and means
05/02/2019print number 3145a
05/15/2019amend and recommit to ways and means
05/15/2019print number 3145b
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A03145 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A3145B
 
SPONSOR: Carroll (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to eligi- bility under the program for elderly pharmaceutical insurance coverage   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To allow seniors to retain their eligibility in the EPIC program if they have previously qualified but are no longer eligible because of an increase in a public or private pension or social security benefit.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Abds a new paragraph (i) to section 547-b of the elder law to allow an individual to remain eligible for the EPIC program if they were previ- ously eligible but are no longer solely due to an increase in a public or private pension or an increase in social security benefits. Increase amount cannot exceed consumer price index.   JUSTIFICATION: The Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program assists seniors with the financial burden of prescription drug costs. The already high costs of prescription drugs are still escalating. EPIC has been enormously successful in keeping prescription drugs affordable. Specifically, the program provides thousands of seniors with a vital service by paying a portion of their prescription drug costs. Residents 6f New York State who are 65 or older with an annual income up to $35,000 (single) or $50,000 (married.) are eligible. It would be unfair to punish seniors who were previously eligible for EPIC but are no long- er solely due to a cost of living adjustment. As these income adjust- ments are minimal they should not hinder the eligibility of seniors currently enrolled in the program.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.5149 of 2001-02 - Passed Assembly A.1429 of 2003-04 A..302 of 2005-06 - Passed Assembly A.1396 of 2007 A.7923A of 2007-08 - Passed Assembly A.4451 of 2011-12 A.4305 OF 2014 A.3618 OF 2015-16 A.3742 of 2017-18   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal as this will only apply to seniors previously determined eligi- ble.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on April 1st, 2020.
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A03145 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         3145--B
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 28, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. CARROLL, BENEDETTO, ABBATE, COLTON, GOTTFRIED,
          JAFFEE, PEOPLES-STOKES, RIVERA, L. ROSENTHAL,  GUNTHER,  M. G. MILLER,
          ORTIZ,  SANTABARBARA,  STIRPE,  BARRETT,  ENGLEBRIGHT,  MOSLEY, BLAKE,
          DICKENS, SAYEGH, BUTTENSCHON, FRONTUS,  ARROYO,  D'URSO,  CRUZ,  FALL,
          DINOWITZ, CRESPO, FINCH, CROUCH, MONTESANO, RAIA -- Multi-Sponsored by
          -- M. of A.  COOK, CUSICK, DenDEKKER, GLICK, MALLIOTAKIS, PERRY, SIMON
          --  read  once  and  referred  to  the Committee on Aging -- committee
          discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
          to said committee -- again reported from said  committee  with  amend-
          ments, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  elder law, in relation to eligibility under the
          program for elderly pharmaceutical insurance coverage
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 242 of the elder law is amended by
     2  adding a new paragraph (i) to read as follows:
     3    (i)  An  individual  who  is  determined to be eligible for assistance
     4  under this article shall not become ineligible based upon income  solely
     5  because  of  an  increase  in  either  a public or private pension or an
     6  increase in social security benefits as provided under federal law where
     7  such increase does not exceed the consumer price index (all items United
     8  States city average) for such year.
     9    § 2. This act shall take effect April 1, 2020.
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02009-06-9
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