senate Bill S980A
(D, WF) 36th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Increases medicaid reimbursement payment aggregate for private duty nursing services and care by 15 million dollars for period 7/1/12 to 3/31/13, and by 20 million dollars annually thereafter for each period from April 1 to March 31.
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Legislative Cycle:
- Current Committee:
- Senate Health
- Law Section:
- Social Services Law
- Laws Affected:
- Add §365-o, Soc Serv L
- Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S5040, A692, A693
2007-2008: S124A, A2290A, A2321
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the social services law, in relation to medicaid reimbursement
of private duty nursing services and care
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To increase Medicaid beneficiaries access to quality health care
services by increasing Medicaid fees for private duty nursing services.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one of this bill would add a new Section 365-o to the Social
Services Law governing reimbursement of private duty nursing services.
The bill would allocate $15 million in State Fiscal Year (SFY)
2012-2013 to increase reimbursement under the Medicaid program for
private duty nursing services for the period July 1, 2012 to March
31, 2013. The bill would allocate $20 million for such reimbursement
on annual fiscal year basis thereafter.
The State is currently experiencing a very serious shortage in private
duty nursing. This shortage is due to a variety of factors including
the lowest unemployment rate in over a decade, and rates of
reimbursement in both the commercial and government sectors that have
not kept pace with market demands. In some areas of the State, the
Medicaid rates for private duty nursing have not changed in over a
The nursing shortage is making it difficult to recruit and retain
qualified nurses, particularly in specialty areas such as nursing
care for medically and technologically dependent children and adults.
This bill would provide the resources necessary to assist in
recruiting and retaining qualified nursing care for the State's most
vulnerable population - Medicaid beneficiaries. In addition to easing
the workforce shortage in nursing and increasing access to quality
care, the bill would provide badly needed respite to family members
who are struggling to care for medically complex children and adults.
The bill will reduce Medicaid costs over the long term by reducing
unnecessary hospitalization that are the result of a lack of access
to community care.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: S.5040 - Referred to Health
2007-08: S.124A - Referred to Social Services
2005-06: S.175A - Referred to Social Services
2003-04: S.832A - Referred to Social Services
2001-02: S.1732 - Referred to Social Services
1999-00: S.7353 - Referred to Social Services
2009-10: A.692 - (Jacobs) Referred to Social Services
2007-08: A.2290A - Referred to Social Services, Reported to
Ways & Means
2005-06: A.1182A - Referred to Social Services
2003-04: A.1558 - Referred to Social Services
2001-02: A.78 - Referred to Social Services
1999-00: A.9932 - Referred to Social Services, Reported to
Ways & Means
This bill will increase the Status share of Medicaid costs by an
estimated $15 million in
SFY 2012-2013. However, the bill will likely
decrease Medicaid costs over the long term through the provision of
more timely care and a decrease in institutional costs.
July 1, 2012
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