|SAME AS||SAME AS S02521-A|
|COSPNSR||Arroyo, Dickens, D'Urso, Barron|
|Add §215-c, Eld L|
|Establishes a senior dental services grant program; authorizes the director to establish the program and, upon the availability of appropriations, provide grants to eligible elderly persons who are in need of such services.|
|02/04/2019||referred to aging|
|05/29/2019||amend and recommit to aging|
|05/29/2019||print number 4556a|
|01/08/2020||referred to aging|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A4556A SPONSOR: Hyndman
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to estab- lishing a senior dental services grant program   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would establish a grant program for the provision of dental services exclusively for seniors in need of assistance.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. Amends the Elder Law by adding a new section 215-c. Estab- lishes the senior dental services grant program and establishes respon- sibilities of the Director of the State Office for the Aging, income criteria for participants, and a report on the viability of the program for the future. Provides for a civil penalty not to exceed $250 for an applicant who makes a false statement, submits false information or conceals a material fact in order to receive such grant. Section 2. Effective Date.   EXISTING LAW: None.   JUSTIFICATION: A large population of senior citizens in New York receives health cover- age from Medicare, Medicaid, or other managed care providers, most of which do not provide dental services to its patients. Oral health is essential to overall health because of the danger posed by mouth bacte- ria, tooth decay, and poor tooth strength which can leave a senior maln- ourished. Not-for-profit organizations and dental schools have attempted to fill this service gap, but have done so at a large personal expense. This bill seeks to compensate those who have been able to provide service and support their efforts going forward. It is vital to not only keep current services up and running but to enable new programs to provide services in parts of the state where they are desperately need- ed.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Senate Bill 7379 / Assembly Bill 10595 of 2017-18   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become law.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4556--A 2019-2020 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY February 4, 2019 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. HYNDMAN, ARROYO, DICKENS, D'URSO, BARRON -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. SAYEGH -- read once and referred to the Committee on Aging -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing a senior dental services grant program The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. The elder law is amended by adding a new section 215-c to 2 read as follows: 3 § 215-c. Senior dental services grant program. 1. As used in this 4 section: 5 (a) "Dental services" shall include, but not be limited to, diagnoses, 6 tests, studies, treatment or analyses under the care and supervision of 7 a licensed dentist who is authorized to practice in this state. These 8 services may also include, but not be limited to, client assessment, 9 information and referrals. 10 (b) "Elderly" shall mean an individual sixty-five years of age or 11 older. 12 (c) "Director" shall mean the director of the office for the aging. 13 (d) "Coverage period" shall mean twenty-four consecutive calendar 14 months for which an eligible program participant has met the eligibility 15 requirements of subdivision three of this section. 16 2. The director is hereby authorized and directed, subject to the 17 availability of appropriations, to establish a grant program for dental 18 services to eligible elderly persons who are in need of such services. 19 3. Persons eligible for the grant program under this section shall 20 include: 21 (a) elderly unmarried residents whose income for the calendar year 22 immediately preceding the effective date of the coverage period is less EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06260-03-9A. 4556--A 2 1 than or equal to two hundred percent of the federal poverty level for a 2 household size of one and who have no dental insurance; and 3 (b) elderly married residents whose combined spousal income for the 4 calendar year immediately preceding the effective date of the coverage 5 period is less than or equal to two hundred percent of the federal 6 poverty level for a household size of two and who have no dental insur- 7 ance. 8 4. The director shall promulgate any rules and regulations necessary 9 to carry out the provisions of this section which shall include but not 10 be limited to: 11 (a) a process of determining and re-determining eligibility at the end 12 of each coverage period for receiving services under this grant program 13 including provisions for submission of proof of income, age, and resi- 14 dency and information on existing complete or partial coverage of dental 15 expenses under a third party assistance or insurance plan; 16 (b) selection of up to six grant recipients through a request for 17 proposal process including due consideration to geographic distribution 18 and existing need for dental services for elderly individuals throughout 19 the state with priority given to accredited educational programs or 20 existing dental clinics serving the low income elderly; and 21 (c) the administration of such grants, which shall be used for the 22 direct provision of dental care and services to the elderly including, 23 but not limited to, dental services, equipment purchases, and travel 24 expenses. 25 5. Additionally, the director shall submit a report to the governor, 26 the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly, 27 prior to, but in no event later than, December thirty-first, in the year 28 following the effective date of this section, and annually thereafter, 29 which shall include, but not be limited to: 30 (a) financial reports of the grant program operations established 31 pursuant to this section; 32 (b) an analysis of the grant program's ability to provide such dental 33 services to eligible elderly persons; 34 (c) recommendations on the continuation of such grants and the need 35 for program expansion, if appropriate; 36 (d) profiles of the grant recipients; and 37 (e) other information deemed necessary by the director. 38 6. (a) No applicant for a grant provided for under this section shall 39 knowingly (i) make a false statement or representation concerning a 40 material fact, (ii) submit false information concerning a material fact, 41 or (iii) conceal a material fact, on an application to obtain a grant 42 provided for under this section. 43 (b) Any applicant who is found by the director, after notice and a 44 hearing, to have received a grant provided for under this section based 45 upon an application which violated paragraph (a) of this subdivision 46 shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed two hundred fifty 47 dollars. 48 § 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall 49 have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or 50 repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of 51 this act on its effective date are authorized to be made and completed 52 on or before such effective date.