senate Bill S1304

Amended

Increases the income limits on the elderly pharmaceutical insurance coverage program to $37,500 for single and $65,000 for married couples

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO AGING
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO AGING
  • 21 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO AGING
  • 21 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 1304A

Summary

Increases the income limits on the elderly pharmaceutical insurance coverage program to $37,500 for single and $65,000 for married couples.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1304
S1304A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Aging
Law Section:
Elder Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง242, Eld L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3353
2009-2010: S6807
2007-2008: A7422

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S1304

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the elder law, in relation to increasing the income levels
for eligible participants in the elderly pharmaceutical insurance
coverage program (EPIC)

PURPOSE:
Increases the income limits on the elderly pharmaceutical insurance
coverage program to $37,500 for single and $65,000 for married couples.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Subdivisions 1 and 2 of section 242 of the elder law,
subdivision 1 as amended by section 4 and subdivision 2 as added by
section 5 of part T of chapter 55 of the laws of 2012, are amended to
allow for the increase in the limits of income for the elderly
covered under the insurance coverage program (EPIC) to $37,500 for
single and $65,000 for married couples.

JUSTIFICATION:
The rising cost of prescription drugs is becoming a hard pill to
swallow for many seniors in our community who find they must choose
between the medicines they need to stay healthy and the ability to
pay for other daily necessities. That is wrong. EPIC can help many of
New York's seniors by helping to cover prescription drug costs.
However, in order to assist more of our elderly to cover the costs of
drugs we must expand the income eligibility limits.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
Previously introduced in the Senate.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take January 1, 2014.

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

                                  1304

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. STAVISKY -- 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  increasing  the  income
  levels  for eligible participants in the elderly pharmaceutical insur-
  ance coverage program (EPIC)

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

  Section  1.  Subdivisions  1  and  2  of section 242 of the elder law,
subdivision 1 as amended by section 4 and  subdivision  2  as  added  by
section  5  of  part T of chapter 56 of the laws of 2012, are amended to
read as follows:
  1. Persons eligible  for  comprehensive  coverage  under  section  two
hundred forty-seven of this title shall include:
  (a) any unmarried resident who is at least sixty-five years of age and
whose  income  for the calendar year immediately preceding the effective
date of the annual coverage period beginning on or after January  first,
two  thousand [five] FOURTEEN, is less than or equal to [twenty] THIRTY-
SEVEN thousand FIVE HUNDRED dollars.  After the initial determination of
eligibility, each eligible individual must be redetermined  eligible  at
least every twenty-four months; and
  (b)  any  married resident who is at least sixty-five years of age and
whose income for the calendar year immediately preceding  the  effective
date  of the annual coverage period when combined with the income in the
same calendar year of such married person's spouse beginning on or after
January first, two thousand [one] FOURTEEN, is less  than  or  equal  to
[twenty-six]  SIXTY-FIVE  thousand  dollars.  After the initial determi-
nation of eligibility, each eligible  individual  must  be  redetermined
eligible at least every twenty-four months.
  2.  Persons  eligible  for  catastrophic  coverage  under  section two
hundred forty-eight of this title shall include:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04213-01-3

S. 1304                             2

  (a) any unmarried resident who is at least sixty-five years of age and
whose income for the calendar year immediately preceding  the  effective
date  of the annual coverage period beginning on or after January first,
two thousand [one] FOURTEEN, is more than twenty thousand and less  than
or  equal  to  [thirty-five] THIRTY-SEVEN thousand FIVE HUNDRED dollars.
After the initial determination of eligibility, each eligible individual
must be redetermined eligible at least every twenty-four months; and
  (b) any married resident who is at least sixty-five years of  age  and
whose  income  for the calendar year immediately preceding the effective
date of the annual coverage period when combined with the income in  the
same calendar year of such married person's spouse beginning on or after
January  first,  two  thousand  [one]  FOURTEEN, is more than twenty-six
thousand dollars and less than or equal to [fifty]  SIXTY-FIVE  thousand
dollars.  After  the initial determination of eligibility, each eligible
individual must be redetermined  eligible  at  least  every  twenty-four
months.
  S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2014.

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