senate Bill S6991

2011-2012 Legislative Session

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

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May 15, 2012 reported and committed to finance
Apr 19, 2012 referred to health

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May 15, 2012 - Health committee Vote

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S6991 - Bill Details

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A10042
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Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง2807-g, Pub Health L

S6991 - Bill Texts

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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 NUMBER:S6991

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 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.

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 workforce 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- Watertown 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 allocation 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
legislation 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
individuals 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 maximize the use of fixed training costs and increase the
overall number of individuals trained.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

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

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This bill is effective immediately.

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

                                  6991

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 19, 2012
                               ___________

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.
                                                           LBD15429-01-2

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