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S02521 Summary:

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.
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S02521 Actions:

05/22/2019PRINT NUMBER 2521A
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S02521 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 25, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen.  COMRIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be  committed  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.

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     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.
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