senate Bill S254

Relates to income eligibility under the EPIC program

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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO AGING
  • 14 / Feb / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO AGING
  • 17 / Apr / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 30 / May / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.947
  • 31 / May / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 04 / Jun / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 21 / Jun / 2012
    • COMMITTED TO RULES

Summary

Provides that an individual shall not become ineligible under the EPIC program due to an increase in social security benefits or a public or private pension where such increase does not exceed the CPI.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4451
Versions:
S254
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Elder Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง242, Eld L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S1454, A6646
2007-2008: A7923A

Votes

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S254

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the elder law, in relation to eligibility under the program
for elderly pharmaceutical insurance coverage

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To allow seniors to retain their eligibility in the EPIC program if
they have previously qualified but are no longer eligible because of
an increase in a public or private pension or social security benefit.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Adds a new paragraph (i) to section 242 of the elder law to allow an
individual to remain eligible for the EPIC program if they were
previously eligible but are no longer solely due to an increase in a
public or private pension or in social security benefits. Increase
amount cannot exceed consumer price index.

JUSTIFICATION:
The Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program assists
seniors with the financial burden of prescription drug costs. The
EPIC program provides thousands of seniors with a vital service by
paying a portion of their prescription drug costs. Residents of New
York state who are 65 or older with an annual income up to $35,000
(single) or $50,000 (married) are eligible.

It would be unfair to punish seniors who were previously eligible for
EPIC but are no longer eligible solely due to a cost of living
adjustment. As these income adjustments are minimal, they should not
hinder the eligibility of seniors currently enrolled in the program.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.1454/A.6646 of 2009/2010; Referred to Finance
S.511-A/A.7923-A of 2007/2008; Referred to Senate Finance
Committee/Passed Assembly
2005-06: A.302 - Passed Assembly
2003-04: A.1429 - Ways & Means
2001-02: A.5149 - Passed Assembly

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal as this will apply to seniors previously determined eligible.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                   254

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  MAZIARZ,  ALESI,  DeFRANCISCO, FUSCHILLO, GOLDEN,
  GRIFFO, LARKIN, LITTLE, SALAND -- read twice and ordered printed,  and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  elder law, in relation to eligibility under the
  program for elderly pharmaceutical insurance coverage

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 242 of the elder law is amended by
adding a new paragraph (i) to read as follows:
  (I)  AN  INDIVIDUAL  WHO  IS  DETERMINED TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR ASSISTANCE
UNDER THIS ARTICLE SHALL NOT BECOME INELIGIBLE BASED UPON INCOME  SOLELY
BECAUSE  OF  AN  INCREASE  IN  EITHER  A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PENSION OR AN
INCREASE IN SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS AS PROVIDED UNDER FEDERAL LAW WHERE
SUCH INCREASE DOES NOT EXCEED THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (ALL ITEMS UNITED
STATES CITY AVERAGE) FOR SUCH YEAR.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01654-01-1

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