senate Bill S1303

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires the state office for the aging to report on the delivery of services to and needs of traditionally underserved populations in their annual report to the governor and legislature

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Sep 23, 2011 signed chap.547
Sep 12, 2011 delivered to governor
Jun 16, 2011 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.360
substituted for a880
Jun 14, 2011 referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 13, 2011 ordered to third reading cal.1151
Jun 11, 2011 committee discharged and committed to rules
Jan 06, 2011 referred to aging

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S1303 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A880
Law Section:
Elder Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง213 & 203, Eld L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1385, A3956

S1303 - Bill Texts

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Requires the state office for the aging to report on the delivery of services to and needs of traditionally underserved populations in their annual report to the governor and legislature.

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BILL NUMBER:S1303

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the elder law, in relation to adding a requirement for the
state office for the aging to report on the delivery of services to and
needs of traditionally underserved populations in their annual report to
the governor and legislature

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To require the State Office of the Aging to assess the needs of and
delivery of services to traditionally under served populations and to
provide technical assistance to organizations that provide services
to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender senior populations.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The bill requires that the State Office of the Aging, in its annual
report to the Governor and the Legislature, include recommendations
for expanding or replicating service programs to populations
including, but not limited to, populations based on actual or
perceived race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation,
gender identity or expression, military status, sex, marital status,
disability, familial status, and language.

The bill requires that the State Office of the Aging, in its annual
report to the Governor and the Legislature, assess the progress,
problems, and effectiveness of provisions or services to seniors
administered by the Office to populations including, but not limited
to, actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, sex,
marital status, disability, familial status, and language, or people
associated with an individual who is or is perceived to be a member
of any of these traditionally underserved populations.

The bill requires that the Office of the Aging, in its annual report
to the Governor and the Legislature, report on the needs of
traditionally underserved senior populations including, but not
limited to, populations based on actual or perceived race, creed,
color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, military status, sex, marital status, disability,
familial status, and language.

The bill authorizes the director of the Office of the Aging to make
grants-in-aid available, through a request for proposals process, for
the purpose of providing training, outreach, and education to
appropriate entities who provide services to the lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender senior populations.

JUSTIFICATION:
The experience of marginalization place many traditionally underserved
senior populations at a higher risk for isolation, poverty,
homelessness, and premature institutionalization. Moreover, many
members of traditionally underserved populations are members of
multiple underrepresented groups, and as a result, are doubly
marginalized. Due to these factors, many seniors avoid accessing


elder programs and services, even when their health, safety, and
security depend on it.

By the year 2025, it is projected that there will be 4.4 million New
Yorkers 60 years of age and older, thereby increasing the number of
seniors who are receiving inadequate services. For the first time in
our state's history, we will have two very large generations of
senior citizens in New York. It is important to ensure that as we
craft new policies and expand existing services to meet the needs of
seniors statewide, that we ensure that underrepresented groups are
adequately assessed during the planning and development of programs
and services.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors, in particular,
often lack social and familial support networks that are more
commonly available to non-LGBT seniors. LGBT seniors are twice as
likely to live alone as compared to heterosexual seniors, and more
than four times as likely to have no children.

LGBT seniors face stigma from many senior care providers who do not
consider that their older clients may be LGBT. As a result, LGBT
seniors may be as much as five times less likely to access needed
health and social services because of fear of discrimination.

Since disease prevention strategies tend to ignore LGBT seniors, and
HIV trials generally do not include older participants, LGBT seniors
may also face greater health risks.

Additionally, same-sex couples have less access to financial benefits
as compared to heterosexual married couples. A surviving same-sex
partner, for example, will be denied social security benefits and be
required to pay taxes on the transfer of assets upon the death of a
partner.

Making grants-in-aid available from the New York State Office of the
Aging, will provide important assistance to individuals, agencies,
and other appropriate entities to improve their delivery of services
to LGBT senior populations.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2009: S1385 (Duane), Died in Aging; A3956 (Kellner), Passed Assembly
2010: S1385 (Duane), Died in Aging; A3956 (Kellner), Passed Assembly

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  1303

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 6, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  DUANE  -- 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 adding a  requirement  for
  the  state  office for the aging to report on the delivery of services
  to and needs of traditionally underserved populations in their  annual
  report to the governor and legislature

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

  Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 2 of section 213 of the  elder
law is amended to read as follows:
  (c)  Include  [recommendation] RECOMMENDATIONS for expanding or repli-
cating service programs that have been determined effective  in  helping
needy  elderly  remain  in  the  community  and  to  avoid institutional
care[.], INCLUDING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR  TRADITIONALLY  UNDERSERVED  AGED
POPULATIONS,  INCLUDING,  BUT NOT LIMITED TO, POPULATIONS BASED ON RACE,
CREED, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEXUAL ORIENTATION,  GENDER  IDENTITY  OR
EXPRESSION,  MILITARY  STATUS, SEX, MARITAL STATUS, DISABILITY, FAMILIAL
STATUS, AND LANGUAGE; AND
  S 2. Subdivision 2 of section 213 of  the  elder  law  is  amended  by
adding a new paragraph (d) to read as follows:
  (D) ASSESS THE PROGRESS, PROBLEMS, AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROVISIONS
OF  SERVICES  TO  OLDER  PERSONS  BY PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY THE OFFICE
DELIVERED TO TRADITIONALLY UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS,  INCLUDING  BUT  NOT
LIMITED  TO,  AGED POPULATIONS BASED ON ACTUAL OR PERCEIVED RACE, CREED,
COLOR,  NATIONAL  ORIGIN,  SEXUAL  ORIENTATION,   GENDER   IDENTITY   OR
EXPRESSION,  MILITARY  STATUS, SEX, MARITAL STATUS, DISABILITY, FAMILIAL
STATUS, LANGUAGE, OR PEOPLE WHO ARE ASSOCIATED WITH AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS
OR IS PERCEIVED TO BE A MEMBER OF ANY OF THESE TRADITIONALLY UNDERSERVED
POPULATIONS.
  S 3. Subdivision 3 of section 213 of  the  elder  law  is  amended  by
adding a new paragraph (k) to read as follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00689-01-1

S. 1303                             2

  (K)  A  REPORT ON THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF TRADITIONALLY UNDERSERVED AGED
POPULATIONS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, POPULATIONS BASED ON  ACTUAL
OR  PERCEIVED  RACE,  CREED, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEXUAL ORIENTATION,
GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION, MILITARY  STATUS,  SEX,  MARITAL  STATUS,
DISABILITY, FAMILIAL STATUS, AND LANGUAGE.
  S 4.  Subdivision 8 of section 203 of the elder law, as added by chap-
ter 48 of the laws of 2007, is renumbered subdivision 9 and a new subdi-
vision 10 is added to read as follows:
  10.  THE  DIRECTOR  IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED, TO THE EXTENT APPROPRIATIONS
ARE AVAILABLE THEREFOR, TO ESTABLISH GRANTS TO A  NOT-FOR-PROFIT  ORGAN-
IZATION,  THROUGH  A  REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL PROCESS, TO PROVIDE TRAINING,
OUTREACH AND EDUCATION TO AGENCIES, INDIVIDUALS  AND  OTHER  APPROPRIATE
ENTITIES  WHO PROVIDE SERVICES TO THE LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANS-
GENDER SENIOR POPULATIONS.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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