senate Bill S3171A

Authorizes the use of a trend factor in determining payments to certain care facilities

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Bill Status


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  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 10 / Feb / 2011
    • REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 05 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 05 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 3171A

Summary

Authorizes the use of a trend factor in determining payments to certain care facilities.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3171
S3171A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Mental Health And Developmental Disabilities
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง43.02, Ment Hyg L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S4901

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BILL NUMBER:S3171A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to the implementation of a
trend factor for payments to certain intermediate care facilities

PURPOSE:
To provide a 3% trend factor in the OPWOD budget for the current
fiscal year to rates funding under 31 bed ICF/DDS and Home and
Community Based Waiver programs operated by non-profit agencies.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends Article 43.02 of the mental hygiene law
to direct the OPWOD Commissioner to add a 3% trend factor for the
current fiscal year for all rates of payment for under 31-bed
intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled and all
rates of payment for home and community based waiver services.

Section 2 of the bill states that additional appropriations shall be
necessary to effectuate the purpose of this act and shall be made
pursuant to a chapter amendment.

Section 3 of the bill provides for an immediate effective date
retroactive to January 12, 2012.

EXISTING LAW:
The budget for OPWDD has included a trend factor for each of the last
approximately 30 years.

JUSTIFICATION:
New York State has long recognized that a trend factor is essential to
provide critical resources necessary to safeguard the health, safety
and even lives of our State's most vulnerable citizens. Thus, for
three decades the budget for the Office of People with Developmental
Disabilities (OPWDD) included a trend factor for its major Medicaid
programs. This year the trend factor was discontinued.

This action is of extreme concern to the parents, family members and
advocates whose loved ones depend on services funded through OPWDD's
budget. Many receive 24 hour care. They are often non-ambulatory,
have severe and/or multiple disabilities, are medically frail and/or
have behavioral issues that pose a risk to themselves or others. As
events, including recent events, have shown they are uniquely at
risk, sometimes mortal risk. Their safety depends on the care of
adequate, trained and
capable staff. (Note: Questions have been raised about the adequacy of
staffing at a state operated group home that recently resulted in the
deaths of four individuals in a fire in Wells, New York.)

However, these staff face an extremely challenging occupation.
Recruiting and retaining them depends on providing wages and benefits
which are at least minimally acceptable. The Medicaid trend factor is
central to providing such wages and benefits. Further, unlike other
health care providers, Medicaid is the sole source of funding for
these programs which are also faced with ever rising costs of


pharmaceuticals, food, utilities, workers compensation, liability
insurance, health care, technology, compliance, record retention and
reporting paperwork and other unfunded mandates. All of these factors
force these providers to operate on the margin in the best of times
with reserves which, on average, compare poorly to hospitals, nursing
homes, school districts and other major human services employers.

It should be noted that while nursing homes and home care programs did
receive a trend factor for the first calendar quarter, hospitals,
home care, nursing homes and personal care programs received more
than $265 million in recruitment and retention funding. This funding
fulfills the same purpose as a trend factor. On the other hand, OPWDD
programs received no recruitment and retention funding.

The vast majority of OPWDD's consumers are served by community based
non-profit providers. Since 1996, the OPWDD service system has grown
from about 65,000 consumers to over 135,000. The health, safety and
even lives of all the individuals served by this vast mainly
nonprofit infrastructure is highly dependent on a stable funding
system. That stability rests on the presence of the Medicaid trend
factor. This year the Governor has chosen to discontinue the trend
factor. This bill would reinstate it.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately and shall be retroactive to January 1, 2012.

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

                                 3171--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HUNTLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop-
  mental Disabilities -- recommitted to the Committee on  Mental  Health
  and  Developmental Disabilities in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec.
  8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended
  and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to the implementa-
  tion of a trend factor  for  payments  to  certain  intermediate  care
  facilities

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

  Section 1. The opening paragraph of subdivision (a) of  section  43.02
of  the mental hygiene law is designated paragraph 1 and a new paragraph
2 is added to read as follows:
  (2) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW,  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF
THE  OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SHALL ADD A TREND
FACTOR OF THREE PERCENT FOR THE PERIOD TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN--TWO  THOU-
SAND  FOURTEEN  TO  TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN--TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN FOR RATE
SETTING REGION I AND THE  PERIOD  TWO  THOUSAND  THIRTEEN--TWO  THOUSAND
FOURTEEN  FOR  RATE  SETTING REGIONS II AND III FOR ALL RATES OF PAYMENT
FOR UNDER 31-BED INTERMEDIATE CARE FACILITIES  FOR  THE  DEVELOPMENTALLY
DISABLED  AND  ALL  RATES OF PAYMENT FOR HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED WAIVER
SERVICES.
  S 2. Additional appropriations shall be necessary  to  effectuate  the
purposes  of  this  act. Such appropriations shall be made pursuant to a
chapter of the laws of 2012.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and  shall  be  deemed  to
have been in full force and effect on and after January 1, 2012.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08767-03-1

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