senate Bill S1304A

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:S1304A

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 effect January 1, 2015.

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

                                 1304--A

                       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  --  recommitted  to
  the  Committee  on  Aging  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  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]  FIFTEEN,  is  less  than  or  equal  to  [twenty]
THIRTY-SEVEN  thousand FIVE HUNDRED dollars.  After the initial determi-
nation 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] FIFTEEN, is  less  than  or  equal  to
[twenty-six]  SIXTY-FIVE  thousand  dollars.  After the initial determi-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04213-02-4

S. 1304--A                          2

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:
  (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] FIFTEEN, 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] FIFTEEN, is more than twenty-six thou-
sand  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, 2015.

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