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A04833 Summary:

BILL NOA04833
 
SAME ASSAME AS S02216
 
SPONSORAbinanti
 
COSPNSRGalef, Barron, Englebright, Dickens, Colton, Niou, Stern, Taylor, Montesano, Byrne, Wallace, Zebrowski, Rivera J, Gunther, Reyes, Epstein, Bronson, Tague, Norris, Ashby, Jones, Simon, Reilly, Salka, Mikulin, Fall, Griffin, Darling, Rodriguez, Richardson, Cruz, Miller M, Steck, DeStefano
 
MLTSPNSRCook, De La Rosa, Giglio JM, Manktelow
 
Add §216-a, Eld L
 
Establishes the aging in place council to study and provide recommendations to promote aging in place.
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A04833 Actions:

BILL NOA04833
 
02/08/2021referred to aging
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A04833 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A4833
 
SPONSOR: Abinanti
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing the aging in place council   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To establish a council to study and provide recommendations to help New Yorkers age in place.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill establishes the aging in place council, consisting of the director of the state office for the aging, the commissioner of health, the superintendent of financial services, eleven members to be appointed by the governor, three each recommended by the temporary pres- ident of the senate and speaker of the assembly, and one each recom- mended by the minority leader of the senate and minority leader of the assembly. The governor shall appoint three members on the recommenda- tions of local area agencies on aging, who they consider represent their membership and are reflective of state geography and needs. Section 1 further provides that the council will study and provide recommendations for improvements to promote older persons aging in place. Areas of focus will include, but not be limited to, access to outdoor spaces and buildings, affordable transportation options, housing options for older residents, opportunities for older residents to participate in community activities, programs for older persons to promote wellness, employment opportunities and training designed for older persons, access to technology and information sources to connect older residents with resources, protections against elder abuse, home medical care and reducing costs. The council shall issue a report on their findings and recommendations by October 1, 2022. Section 2 is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: According to a survey conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) the number of Americans who want to remain in their homes for the rest of their lives, to "age in place", is greater than 80%. The Center for Disease control defines "aging in place" as "the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level." Although New York was recently designated the first "Age-Friendly State" in the Nation by AARP and the World Health Organization, there are still seniors who have difficulty aging in place. According to the U.S. census data, more than 1 million people have left the state since 2010, more than any other state during that period. This out-migration is largely driven by older residents, with the 55-64 and 65 or older age groups. Often as people age, the houses they have raised families in no longer meet their changing needs. Whether for physical, monetary or geographic reasons, much of the aging population will face this issue. Moving from one's home may mean leaving a comfortable living space, family, a famil- iar community and memories. In addition, many feel a loss of control when giving up their home. Leaving one's home out of necessity rather than choice can lead to a loss of dignity, quality of life and independ- ence and a sense of security. Additionally, as health care costs rise and stays at hospitals or even transitional care gets shorter, the aging population must decide how they want to spend their life's savings. The Aging in Place Council, will examine issues such as affordable transportation and housing options, wellness programs, protections against elder abuse, home medical care and reducing costs, which can help support seniors remaining in their homes rather than moving. Our seniors have dedicated years to building and improving our communities, and it is critical that we do everything we can to enable them to stay within their own homes.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-20: A3240 referred to aging; same as S1300 (Serino) referred to aging; 2017-18: A10069-A referred to aging;-same as S7949-B (Serino) referred to aging   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become law.
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A04833 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          4833
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 8, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. ABINANTI, GALEF, BARRON, ENGLEBRIGHT, DICKENS,
          COLTON, NIOU, STERN, TAYLOR,  MONTESANO,  BYRNE,  WALLACE,  ZEBROWSKI,
          J. RIVERA,  GUNTHER,  REYES,  EPSTEIN,  BRONSON, TAGUE, NORRIS, ASHBY,
          JONES, SIMON, REILLY, SALKA, MIKULIN, FALL, GRIFFIN,  DARLING,  RODRI-
          GUEZ, RICHARDSON, CRUZ, M. MILLER, STECK, DeSTEFANO -- Multi-Sponsored
          by  -- M. of A. COOK, DE LA ROSA, J. M. GIGLIO, MANKTELOW -- read once
          and referred to the Committee on Aging
 
        AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing the aging  in
          place council
 
          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  216-a  to
     2  read as follows:
     3    §  216-a.  Aging  in place council. 1. Definition. For the purposes of
     4  this section, the term "council" shall mean the aging in  place  council
     5  convened by the governor pursuant to this section.
     6    2.  Membership.  (a)  The  aging in place council shall consist of the
     7  director, who shall serve, ex officio, as the chair of the  council  and
     8  who  shall  designate the vice chair, the commissioner of health and the
     9  superintendent of financial services who shall serve ex officio and  who
    10  may designate representatives to act on their behalf, and eleven members
    11  appointed by the governor.
    12    (b)  The  governor  shall  appoint eight members to the council on the
    13  recommendation of legislative leaders as follows:
    14    (1) the temporary  president  of  the  senate  shall  recommend  three
    15  members;
    16    (2) the speaker of the assembly shall recommend three members;
    17    (3) the minority leader of the senate shall recommend one member; and
    18    (4) the minority leader of the assembly shall recommend one member.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01470-01-1

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     1    (c)  The governor shall appoint three members based on the recommenda-
     2  tions of local area agencies on aging, who they  consider  to  represent
     3  their membership reflective of state geography and needs.
     4    3. Compensation. The members of the council, except those who serve ex
     5  officio,  shall  be allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred
     6  in the performance of their duties under this section but shall  receive
     7  no  additional  compensation  for  services  rendered  pursuant  to this
     8  section.
     9    4. Purpose. The purpose of the council shall be to study  and  provide
    10  recommendations on areas that could be improved to promote older persons
    11  aging in place, including, but not limited to:
    12    (a) access to outdoor spaces and buildings;
    13    (b) affordable transportation options;
    14    (c) housing options for older residents;
    15    (d)  opportunities  for  older  residents  to participate in community
    16  activities;
    17    (e) programs for older persons  such  as  those  promoting  nutrition,
    18  health and wellness, as well as programs for caregivers;
    19    (f) employment opportunities and training designed for older persons;
    20    (g)  access  to  technology  and  information sources that can connect
    21  older residents with needed resources;
    22    (h) protections against elder abuse;
    23    (i) home medical care; and
    24    (j) reducing costs.
    25    5. Meetings. The council, on call of the chair, shall  meet  at  least
    26  twice each year and at such other times as may be necessary. The council
    27  may establish quorum requirements and other rules and procedures regard-
    28  ing conduct of its meetings and other affairs.
    29    6.  Report.  The council shall prepare and issue a report on the coun-
    30  cil's findings and recommendations by October first, two thousand  twen-
    31  ty-two  to  the  governor, the temporary president of the senate and the
    32  speaker of the assembly.
    33    § 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day  after  it  shall
    34  have become a law.
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