•  Summary 
  •  
  •  Actions 
  •  
  •  Committee Votes 
  •  
  •  Floor Votes 
  •  
  •  Memo 
  •  
  •  Text 
  •  
  •  LFIN 
  •  
  •  Chamber Video/Transcript 

A01585 Summary:

BILL NOA01585
 
SAME ASSAME AS S02549
 
SPONSORGottfried
 
COSPNSRDe La Rosa, Dinowitz, Seawright, Simon, Reyes, Rosenthal L, Meeks, Rozic, Griffin, Nolan, Thiele, Epstein, Ashby, Gonzalez-Rojas, Englebright, Kelles, Jackson, Anderson, Barron, Forrest, Mitaynes, Perry, Solages, Hevesi, Jean-Pierre, Taylor, Rodriguez, Carroll, Cruz, Rajkumar, Ramos, Colton, Byrne, Fernandez, Paulin, Clark, Burgos, Lavine, Rivera JD, Abinanti
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §369-gg, Soc Serv L
 
Provides eligibility for the basic health program for individuals who have or have had a confirmed or suspected case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, household income below two hundred percent of the federal poverty line as defined and annually revised by the United States department of health and human services for a household of the same size, and is ineligible for federal financial participation in the basic health program under 42 U.S.C. section 18051 on the basis of immigration status, but otherwise meets the eligibility requirements.
Go to top    

A01585 Actions:

BILL NOA01585
 
01/11/2021referred to health
02/09/2021reported referred to ways and means
Go to top

A01585 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A1585
 
SPONSOR: Gottfried
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to eligibility for the basic health program; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof   PURPOSE: To permit certain people who have had COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 who would not otherwise be eligible for the Basic Health Program, also known as the Essential Plan, because of their immigration status to be eligible.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill adds subdivision 3-a to Section 369-gg of the social services law to expand eligibility for the basic health program (Essential Plan) to residents of New York State who earn below two hundred percent of the federal poverty level, have or have had a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, and are ineligible for feder- ally funded health coverage on the basis of immigration status. Section two of the bill is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: This legislation would ameliorate racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 cases and fatalities by ensuring that immigration status is not a barrier to securing testing and treatment. It builds upon the Depart- ment of Health's guidance in April allowing otherwise ineligible indi- viduals to be eligible for Emergency Medicaid for COVID-19 related test- ing, care, and treatment. This bill allows those making between 133% and 200% of poverty, above the Emergency Medicaid levels, to have access to the Essential Plan. Controlling the spread of COVID-19, particularly in communities of color which are disproportionately affected, means getting people tested and treated. Having access to health insurance makes this possible and helps stop the spread for everyone in New York State. The health disparities of COVID-19 are very real. The New York State Department of Health COVID-19 tracker documents that the pandemic has a profound disparate impact of people who are low-income or who are racial and ethnic minorities. For example, the crude death rate per 100,000 population for white people is 23, while this same rate is double or triple for African Americans, Latin and Asian New Yorkers (98, 55, and 53, respectively) (New York State Department of Health COVID-19 tracker, as of May 10, 2020, available at:   WORKBOOK: NYS-COVID19-TRACKER According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, lack of access to insurance and high medical costs are major deterrents to seeking testing and treatment.   WHAT ISSUES WILL UNINSURED PEOPLE FACE WITH TESTING AND TREATMENT FOR COVID19? 1 KFF Federal law excludes many residents of New York from health coverage and disaster relief because of their immi- gration status. Prior to the COVID-19 emergency, immigrants formed the largest group of uninsured in New York Immigrant communities are being disproportionately affected by the pandemic in terms of health, mortal- ity, and financial hardship (See "Despite Their Impact From COVID-10, Undocumented New Yorkers Have Few Options For Financial Help", Gotham- ist, April 24, 2020.) Expanding the Basic Health Plan would ameliorate these racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 fatalities, by providing coverage to low-income immigrant communities so that they have timely access diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19. New Yorkers are facing severe financial hardship because of the pandem- ic, which is impacting their ability to maintain health coverage or pay for health care. Financial hardships are also affecting some communities more than others. By the end of March, 34 percent of households in New York City had reported job loss as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. (See "Job loss in NYC disproportionately impacts Hispanics and lower income city residents", CUNY New York City COVID-19 Survey Week 2,   WEEK 2 - CUNY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH & HEALTH POLICY However, 41% of households whose members. identified as Hispanic reported job loss. Expanding access to Essential Plan coverage in a very limited and focused manner as this bill does will help achieved the state's objec- tive of stopping the spread of this deadly disease.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2020: A.10474 - referred to Health Committee   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Minimal investment to avoid larger losses to the state as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately and shall expire 60 days after the state declared emergency.
Go to top

A01585 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          1585
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 11, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  GOTTFRIED,  DE LA ROSA, DINOWITZ, SEAWRIGHT,
          SIMON, REYES, L. ROSENTHAL -- read once and referred to the  Committee
          on Health
 
        AN  ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to eligibility for
          the basic health  program;  and  providing  for  the  repeal  of  such
          provisions upon the expiration thereof

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Section 369-gg of the social services  law  is  amended  by
     2  adding a new subdivision 3-a to read as follows:
     3    3-a.  Novel coronavirus, COVID-19 eligibility.  A person shall also be
     4  eligible to receive coverage for health care services under this  title,
     5  without  regard  to  federal  financial participation, if he or she is a
     6  resident of the state, has or has had a confirmed or suspected  case  of
     7  novel coronavirus, COVID-19, household income  below two hundred percent
     8  of  the  federal  poverty  line  as  defined and annually revised by the
     9  United States department of health and human services for a household of
    10  the same size, and is ineligible for federal financial participation  in
    11  the  basic health program under 42 U.S.C.  section 18051 on the basis of
    12  immigration status, but otherwise meets the eligibility requirements  in
    13  paragraphs  (b)  and (c) of subdivision three of this section. An appli-
    14  cant who fails to make an applicable premium payment shall  lose  eligi-
    15  bility  to  receive coverage for health care services in accordance with
    16  the time frames and procedures determined by the commissioner.
    17    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately, and shall expire  and  be
    18  deemed  repealed  60 days following the conclusion of the state disaster
    19  emergency declared pursuant to executive order 202,  provided  that  the
    20  commissioner  of  health  shall  notify  the  legislative  bill drafting
    21  commission upon the occurrence of the conclusion of such executive order
    22  in order that the commission may maintain an accurate and timely  effec-
    23  tive data base of the official text of the laws of the state of New York
    24  in  furtherance  of  effectuating  the  provisions  of section 44 of the
    25  legislative law and section 70-b of the public officers law.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD00583-01-1
Go to top