S01420 Summary:

BILL NOS01420
 
SAME ASSAME AS A06768
 
SPONSORSERINO
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 3614 & 2807-v, Pub Health L
 
Authorizes the commissioner of health to adjust medical assistance rates of payment for certified home health agencies, managed long term care plans, hospices, long term home health care programs, licensed home care services agencies and other entities for recruitment, training and retention of direct care workers for services in shortage areas and by shortage disciplines.
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S01420 Actions:

BILL NOS01420
 
01/14/2019REFERRED TO HEALTH
01/08/2020REFERRED TO HEALTH
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S01420 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          1420
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                    IN SENATE
 
                                    January 14, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  Sen.  SERINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Health
 
        AN ACT to amend the public health law, in  relation  to  home  care  and
          hospice worker shortage areas and disciplines
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Section 3614 of the public health law is amended by  adding
     2  a new subdivision 9-a to read as follows:
     3    9-a.  Notwithstanding  any  inconsistent  provision  of  this section,
     4  effective for annual periods beginning April first, two  thousand  nine-
     5  teen, and for each annual period thereafter, the commissioner is author-
     6  ized, subject to the availability of federal financial participation and
     7  upon  approval  of  the  state director of the budget, to further adjust
     8  medical assistance rates of payment for certified home health  agencies,
     9  managed  long  term  care  plans,  hospices,  long term home health care
    10  programs, licensed home care services agencies providing services  under
    11  contract  with such agencies and plans, and such other entities qualify-
    12  ing under subdivision nine of this section,  targeted  for  recruitment,
    13  training  and  retention of direct care workers for services in shortage
    14  areas and by shortage disciplines which may include nurses,  therapists,
    15  social workers, home health aides and personal care aides.
    16    The  commissioner is further authorized to provide such adjustments to
    17  pilot test the impact on recruitment and retention of allowing funds  to
    18  be  used for critical supports and incentives for direct care personnel,
    19  including transportation, education, training, child  day  care,  career
    20  ladder,  peer  support,  and  other  supports which the commissioner may
    21  determine.
    22    Notwithstanding any inconsistent  provision  of  section  twenty-eight
    23  hundred  seven-v of this chapter, funds for such adjustments may be made
    24  available, upon the approval of the  state  budget  director,  from  any
    25  unexpended funds and balances available under such section, and in annu-
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD07311-01-9

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     1  al  amounts of up to thirty percent of the aggregate level specified for
     2  adjustments under subdivision nine of this section.
     3    On  or  before  April first, two thousand twenty-one, the commissioner
     4  shall submit information to the governor and legislature on  the  effec-
     5  tiveness of the program in recruitment and retention of direct care home
     6  care  personnel, and in addressing community need, and shall make recom-
     7  mendations for the continuation or modification of  the  program.    The
     8  commissioner  shall  seek the input of representatives of the providers,
     9  plans, consumers and workers in examining and reporting on the program.
    10    § 2. Subdivision 1 of section 2807-v  of  the  public  health  law  is
    11  amended by adding a new paragraph (jjj) to read as follows:
    12    (jjj)  Funds  may  be  made  available,  from any unexpended funds and
    13  balances under this  section,  for  rate  adjustments  authorized  under
    14  subdivision  nine-a of section thirty-six hundred fourteen of this chap-
    15  ter, which shall not exceed the amount specified in such subdivision.
    16    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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