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A03742 Summary:

BILL NOA03742
 
SAME ASSAME AS S05406
 
SPONSORCarroll
 
COSPNSRBenedetto, Abbate, Colton, Gottfried, Titone, Jaffee, Peoples-Stokes, Rivera, Rosenthal L, Gunther, Miller MG, Ortiz, Santabarbara, Skoufis, Brindisi, Stirpe, Barrett
 
MLTSPNSRCook, Cusick, Glick, Malliotakis, Perry, Weinstein
 
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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A03742 Actions:

BILL NOA03742
 
01/30/2017referred to aging
01/03/2018referred to aging
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A03742 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A3742
 
SPONSOR: Carroll (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to eligibility 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: Adds 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 of 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: A4451 of 2011-12 - In Aging Committee. A6646 of 2009-10; A7923A of 2007-08 - passed Assembly each year. 2007 - Grannis bill A.1396 2005-06: A.302 - Passed Assembly 2003-04: A.1429 - Ways & Means 2001-02: A.5149 - Passed Assembly   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal as this will only apply to seniors previously determined eligi- ble.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
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A03742 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          3742
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 30, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. CARROLL, BENEDETTO, ABBATE, COLTON, GOTTFRIED,
          TITONE, JAFFEE, PEOPLES-STOKES, RIVERA, ROSENTHAL, KAVANAGH,  GUNTHER,
          M. G. MILLER,  ORTIZ,  MOYA,  SANTABARBARA, SKOUFIS, BRINDISI, STIRPE,
          BARRETT -- Multi-Sponsored by --  M.  of  A.  COOK,  CUSICK,  FARRELL,
          GLICK,  MALLIOTAKIS, PERRY, WEINSTEIN -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Aging
 
        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 immediately.
 
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD08463-01-7
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