A00880 Summary:

BILL NOA00880A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S01572-A
 
SPONSORGottfried
 
COSPNSRGonzalez-Rojas, Epstein, Perry, Weprin, Hevesi, Simon, Carroll, Rosenthal L, Dinowitz, Cruz, Reyes, Paulin, Fernandez, Otis, Mitaynes, Taylor, Clark, Jackson, Forrest, Mamdani, Kelles, Thiele, Burdick, Burgos, Bichotte Hermelyn, Seawright, Joyner, Solages, Glick, Bronson, Gallagher, Sayegh, Meeks, Jacobson, Ramos, Niou, Kim, Anderson, Davila, Zinerman, Dickens, Quart, Lavine, Hunter, Gibbs, Rivera JD, Rivera J, Jean-Pierre, De Los Santos
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §369-gg, Soc Serv L
 
Provides eligibility for services under the basic health program for individuals whose immigration status renders him or her ineligible for federal financial participation and who meet additional requirements.
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A00880 Committee Votes:

HEALTH Chair:Gottfried DATE:01/25/2022AYE/NAY:15/10 Action: Favorable refer to committee Codes
GottfriedAyeByrneNay
GalefAyeMcDonoughNay
DinowitzAyeByrnesNay
CahillAyeAshbyNay
PaulinAyeMillerNay
CymbrowitzAyeSalkaNay
GuntherNayJensenNay
Rosenthal L Aye
HevesiAye
SteckNay
AbinantiAye
BraunsteinAye
SolagesAye
BichotteAye
SayeghAye
Rosenthal D Absent
McDonaldNay
ReyesAye
Gonzalez-RojasAye

CODES Chair:Dinowitz DATE:02/08/2022AYE/NAY:15/6 Action: Favorable refer to committee Ways and Means
DinowitzAyeMorinelloNay
PretlowAyeGiglioNay
CookAyeMontesanoNay
CymbrowitzAyeReillyNay
O'DonnellAyeMikulinNay
LavineAyeTannousisNay
PerryExcused
AbinantiAye
WeprinAye
HevesiAye
SeawrightAye
RosenthalAye
WalkerAye
VanelAye
CruzAye
CarrollAye

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A00880 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A880A
 
SPONSOR: Gottfried
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to coverage for health care services under the basic health program for individuals whose immigration status renders him or her ineligible for federal financial participation   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To expand eligibility for the Essential Plan to individuals who current- ly face barriers to health care coverage due to their immigration status.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill adds a new subdivision 3-a to Section 369-gg of the social services law detailing qualifications for participation in the state's basic health program, known as the Essential Plan. Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act Marketplace in 2010, New York has drastically reduced the number of uninsured from 3 million to 1 million people. However, more than 400,000 immigrant New Yorkers have not benefited from new coverage options or public coverage through the New York State of Health Marketplace because of their immigration status. Numerous studies have found that people without coverage are more likely to delay seeking preventive care for serious and chronic health conditions, avoid seeking care for fear of costs, and are at higher risk of incurring medical debt or bankruptcy. Studies have also shown that those who have gained coverage have reduced mortality and morbidity. The lack of coverage for significant numbers of New Yorkers causes prob- lems for the broader health care system because payers and providers charge more to the insured population to offset their losses related to providing care to the uninsured. But even with this cost shifting, the costs associated with uncompensated care threaten the financial sustain-ability of many safety net hospitals and clinics. The program will invest $532 million into the health care system, further stabiliz- ing the state's health care economy. This bill will provide adult immi- grants with access to health insurance coverage that is equivalent to the coverage offered to their citizen or lawfully present counterparts who are eligible for the Essential Plan. The program builds upon New York's success covering children (including immigrant children) through the Child Health Plus program. It extends coverage to eligible adult immigrants ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to affordable health coverage, averting the health insurance cliff many young immi- grants now face when they turn 19 after years of state investment in their health. By expanding eligibility for coverage under the Essential Plan, this bill makes New York health care providers more financially sound and better able to provide continuous, high-quality care to this population.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-2020: referred to Ways and Means Committee   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The cost to the state to accomplish this goal is estimated to be over $500 million. The state will be saving close to the same amount in emer- gency Medicaid spending. Eligible individuals would be paying small premium amounts to contribute to their coverage.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred-eightieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the commission of health shall make regulations and take other actions reasonably necessary to implement this act on this date.
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