senate Bill S2422

Enacts the New York state veteran health insurance act

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  • Introduced
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  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 20 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 25 / Jan / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Enacts the New York State veteran health insurance act.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2422
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add §369, Exec L; add §246-a, Mil L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S4700

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BILL NUMBER:S2422

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the executive law and the military law,
in relation to the establishment of the New
York state veteran health insurance
act

PURPOSE:

This bill would create the New York State Veteran Health Insurance Act
to provide health care insurance for certain National Guard members

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section one of the bill would provide that this act would be know and
may be cited as the New York State Veteran Health Insurance Act.

Section Two of this bill would amend the executive law to adding a new
section 368 to provide that the New York state division of military
and naval affairs would be directed to administrate, in cooperation
with the division of veterans affairs, a New York state veteran
health insurance program. Such program would provide any person, who
is a member of the New York Army National Guard or the New York Air
National Guard, and who is eligible to enroll in the TRICARE Reserve
Select Health Insurance Program with any and all enrollment fees,
cost sharing or co-payments necessary for such person to enroll in
and obtain individual or family coverage under such program. The
payment of such fees, cost sharing or co-payments may be provided,
pursuant to regulation, either directly to the TRICARE Reserve Select
Health Insurance Program, or its agents, or to the individual
enrollee, upon sufficient proof of enrollment. Nothing in this
section, however, shall require the Veteran health insurance program
to provide payment for program deductibles or for the 20 percent non
plan medical provider co-payment, or the 15 percent plan medical
provider co-payment.

Section Three of this bill would amend the military law to add a new
section 246-a to direct the New York state division of military and
naval affairs to cooperate with the division of veterans affairs to
accomplish this task.

JUSTIFICATION:

Our nation's war on terrorism has required that the members of the New
York. National Guard and Air National Guard step forward to play a
critical role in the security of both the State and the Nation. The
challenges which have been ably met by. the New York National Guard
can continue to be overcome only as long as the New York National
Guard continues to attract highly qualified citizen-soldiers
committed to the protection of the State and Nation.

Members of the New York National Guard and Air National Guard
presently receive health care coverage from the federal veterans


administration if they are called to active duty, and then thereafter
for a limited period of time. Such National Guard members, however,
are eligible, under a federally arranged program to receive health
insurance from a private insurer known as TRICARE.

In order to receive such coverage, however, such service members must
pay a co-payment of nearly $3,000. As many members of the Guard do
not have the resources to afford this co-pay, many go uninsured and
without coverage.

This bill would have the state of New York pay for the co-pay as a
benefit to Guard members. thereby assuring that they have health
insurance, and relieving any cost that could incur to medicaid or
child health plus. As a result, for a fraction of the cost that it
would expend to cover a state employee, this program would assure
Guard members have family health insurance coverage.

This bill would not only serve as an important recruitment and
retention incentive, but also provide a fitting reward for their
public, state and national service.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2008 - S.5063B - Passed Senate.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

According to DMNA and TRICARE it is estimated that no more than
approximately 3000 individuals would take advantage of this coverage
option in the event that the co-pay is provided. With family
coverage, such state share would constitute $253 per month or $3036
per year.
This would effect a total maximum cost of $9,1 08.000. Due to the age
and income demographics of the personnel involved, however, many would
not take have to purchase family coverage (thereby lowering their
annual cost to $972). Additionally, income demographics of the
personnel involved, indicate that many of these individuals would
also otherwise qualify for medicaid or child health plus. As a result
of these two qualifications, the maximum cost of $9,108,000 estimated
for this program would actually be far less, to the point where this
proposal could actually be close to revenue neutral.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act would take effect on the 180th day after it shall have become
a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2422

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 20, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BALL  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the executive law and the military law, in  relation  to
  the establishment of the New York state veteran health insurance act

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the  "New  York
state veteran health insurance act".
  S  2.  Article  17  of  the  executive  law is amended by adding a new
section 369 to read as follows:
  S 369. VETERAN HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. THE NEW YORK  STATE  DIVISION
OF  MILITARY  AND  NAVAL  AFFAIRS IS HEREBY DIRECTED TO ADMINISTRATE, IN
COOPERATION WITH THE DIVISION OF VETERANS  AFFAIRS,  A  NEW  YORK  STATE
VETERAN HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL PROVIDE ANY PERSON,
WHO  IS A MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK ARMY NATIONAL GUARD OR THE NEW YORK AIR
NATIONAL GUARD, AND WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENROLL  IN  THE  TRICARE  RESERVE
SELECT  HEALTH  INSURANCE PROGRAM WITH ANY AND ALL ENROLLMENT FEES, COST
SHARING OR CO-PAYMENTS NECESSARY FOR SUCH PERSON TO ENROLL IN AND OBTAIN
INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY COVERAGE UNDER SUCH PROGRAM. THE  PAYMENT  OF  SUCH
FEES,  COST  SHARING  OR  CO-PAYMENTS MAY BE PROVIDED, PURSUANT TO REGU-
LATION, EITHER DIRECTLY TO THE TRICARE RESERVE SELECT  HEALTH  INSURANCE
PROGRAM,  OR  ITS AGENTS, OR TO THE INDIVIDUAL ENROLLEE, UPON SUFFICIENT
PROOF OF ENROLLMENT. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION, HOWEVER, SHALL REQUIRE THE
VETERAN HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM TO PROVIDE PAYMENT FOR PROGRAM  DEDUCT-
IBLES  OR FOR THE TWENTY PERCENT NONPLAN MEDICAL PROVIDER CO-PAYMENT, OR
THE FIFTEEN PERCENT PLAN MEDICAL PROVIDER CO-PAYMENT.
  S 3. The military law is amended by adding a new section 246-a to read
as follows:
  S 246-A. VETERAN HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. THE NEW YORK STATE DIVISION
OF MILITARY AND NAVAL AFFAIRS IS HEREBY  DIRECTED  TO  ADMINISTRATE,  IN

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06298-01-1

S. 2422                             2

COOPERATION  WITH  THE  NEW  YORK  STATE DIVISION OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, A
VETERAN HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL PROVIDE ANY PERSON,
WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK ARMY NATIONAL GUARD OR THE NEW YORK  AIR
NATIONAL  GUARD,  AND  WHO  IS ELIGIBLE TO ENROLL IN THE TRICARE RESERVE
SELECT HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM WITH ANY AND ALL ENROLLMENT  FEES,  COST
SHARING OR CO-PAYMENTS NECESSARY FOR SUCH PERSON TO ENROLL IN AND OBTAIN
INDIVIDUAL  OR  FAMILY  COVERAGE UNDER SUCH PROGRAM. THE PAYMENT OF SUCH
FEES, COST SHARING OR CO-PAYMENTS MAY BE  PROVIDED,  PURSUANT  TO  REGU-
LATION,  EITHER  DIRECTLY TO THE TRICARE RESERVE SELECT HEALTH INSURANCE
PROGRAM, OR ITS AGENTS, OR TO THE INDIVIDUAL ENROLLEE,  UPON  SUFFICIENT
PROOF OF ENROLLMENT. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION, HOWEVER, SHALL REQUIRE THE
VETERAN  HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM TO PROVIDE PAYMENT FOR PROGRAM DEDUCT-
IBLES OR FOR THE TWENTY PERCENT NONPLAN MEDICAL PROVIDER CO-PAYMENT,  OR
THE FIFTEEN PERCENT PLAN MEDICAL PROVIDER CO-PAYMENT.
  S 4. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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