senate Bill S3468

Relates to the distribution of grants for the health workforce retraining program

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  • 04 / Feb / 2013
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  • 04 / Jun / 2013
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  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 04 / Feb / 2014
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  • 10 / Feb / 2014
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  • 11 / Feb / 2014
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  • 16 / Jun / 2014
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  • 16 / Jun / 2014
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  • 16 / Jun / 2014
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Summary

Relates to the distribution of grants for the health workforce retraining program to grant recipients with health workforce retraining projects in multiple regions.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4610
Versions:
S3468
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง2807-g, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S4209, S6991, S6996, A10042
2009-2010: S2407A

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BILL NUMBER:S3468

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
the distribution of grants for the health workforce retraining program

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to amend the health workforce
retraining program (2807-g of the PHL) so that no less than 2.5% of the
total funds available in any request for proposals is made available in
any region and to allow rant recipients who have received awards for the
same retraining project in multiple regions, with the approval of the
commissioner, to redistribute funds between regions.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends subdivision 2 of Section 2807-g of the
Public Health Law to provide that no less than 2.5% of the total funds
available in any request for proposals under the health workforce
retraining grant program is made available in any region and to allow
grant recipients who have received awards for the same retraining
project in multiple regions, with the approval of the commissioner, to
redistribute funds between regions.

Section 2 is the effective date.

EXISTING LAW: The health workforce retraining program was enacted as
part of the Health Care Reform Act (Chapter 639 of the Laws of 1996).

JUSTIFICATION: When the Health Workforce Retraining Program was enacted
as part of the Health Care Reform Act in 1996, funding for workforce
retraining was commensurate with the amount of money raised each
region's health care initiative pool and this method of allocating work-
force grant funding has been maintained to this date. This methodology
was originally intended to assure the availability of funds across the
state. As we begin the year 2012, the allocation methodology should be
reviewed to examine the relationship between health care initiative pool
funding and workforce retraining needs. In particular the Utica- Water-
town region is disadvantaged by the methodology to the point where due
to the fixed costs of running a quality training program and the limited
grant funds available, it is difficult to propose a viable training
program. By way of example, while the Rochester region had just a
100,000 more residents (1M vs. 900K) and 3,000 more health care FTEs
than the Utica-Watertown region, Rochester's workforce retraining allo-
cation is almost 15 times as large (Rochester receives 5.9% of available
grant funds while the Utica-Watertown region receives 0.4% of available
funds.)

Absent the implementation of an entirely new methodology, this legis-
lation proposes that each region receive no less than 2.5% of funds made
available under any work force retraining request for proposals to allow
for the submission of more financially viable proposals.

Further, since grant applicants must apply by region this legislation
would also allow grant recipients who have received grants for the same
project in multiple regions to, with the permission of the commissioner,
redistribute funds among the same project in different regions. Grant
applicants make a good faith effort to estimate the number of individ-
uals that will avail themselves of training opportunities and the
concomitant costs, but the actual costs and training uptake can and do
vary. This amendment would allow grant recipients whose training
proposal has been approved by the Department to transfer funds from
regions where the costs and training uptake was overestimated to regions
where the costs and training uptake was underestimated. This would maxi-
mize the use of fixed training costs and increase the overall number of
individuals trained.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012 - S.6991 Finance/A.10042 Health

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: There is no additional cost to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.

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

                                  3468

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 4, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to  the  distribution
  of grants for the health workforce retraining program

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 2807-g of the public  health  law,
as  added  by  chapter  1  of  the  laws  of 1999, is amended to read as
follows:
  2. Grants shall be made on a competitive basis by region,  in  accord-
ance  with  the  amount raised in the region, PROVIDED THAT NO LESS THAN
TWO AND ONE-HALF PERCENT OF  THE  TOTAL  FUNDS  MADE  AVAILABLE  IN  ANY
REQUEST  FOR PROPOSALS SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE IN ANY REGION, with pref-
erence within regions given to areas  and  eligible  organizations  that
have experienced or are likely to experience job loss because of changes
in the health care system. If, at the conclusion of the regional compet-
itive  contract  award  process, there are excess funds available within
any regional allocation, such funds shall be  redistributed  to  regions
where  there  is a shortage of funds available for programs which other-
wise qualify for funding pursuant to this section. IF A GRANT  RECIPIENT
HAS  RECEIVED  GRANT AWARDS FOR THE SAME WORKFORCE RETRAINING PROJECT IN
MULTIPLE REGIONS, SUCH GRANT RECIPIENT, WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE COMMIS-
SIONER, MAY REDISTRIBUTE FUNDS AMONG SAID REGIONS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06565-01-3

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