senate Bill S2659

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Enacts the New York state veteran health insurance act

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs
Apr 16, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Jan 23, 2013 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs

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Apr 16, 2013 - Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs committee Vote

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S2659 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 17 §369, Exec L; add §246-a, Mil L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2422
2009-2010: S4700

S2659 - Bill Texts

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Enacts the New York State veteran health insurance act.

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BILL NUMBER:S2659

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the executive law and the military law,
in relation to the establishment of the New
York state veteran health insurance
act

PURPOSE:
This bill would create the New York State Veteran Health Insurance Act
to provide health care insurance for certain National Guard members

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section one of the bill would provide that this act would be know and
may be cited as the New York State Veteran Health Insurance Act.

Section Two of this bill would amend the executive law to adding a new
section 369 to provide that the New York state division of military
and naval affairs would be directed to administrate, in cooperation
with the division of veterans affairs, a New York state veteran
health insurance program. Such program would provide any person, who
is a member of the
New York Army National Guard or the New York Air National Guard, and
who is eligible to enroll in the TRICARE Reserve Select Health
Insurance Program with any and all enrollment fees, cost sharing or
co-payments necessary for such person to enroll in and obtain
individual or family coverage under such program. The payment of such
fees, cost sharing or co-payments may be provided, pursuant to
regulation, either directly to the TRICARE Reserve Select Health
Insurance Program, or its agents, or to the individual enrollee, upon
sufficient proof of enrollment. Nothing in this section, however,
shall require the Veteran health insurance program to provide payment
for program deductibles or for the 20 percent non plan medical
provider co-payment, or the 15 percent plan medical provider
co-payment.

Section Three of this bill would amend the military law to add a new
section 246-a to direct the New York state division of military and
naval affairs to cooperate with the division of veterans affairs to
accomplish this task.

JUSTIFICATION:
Our nation's war on terrorism has required that the members of the New
York. National Guard and Air National Guard step forward to play a
critical
role in the security of both the State and the Nation. The
challenges which have been ably met by. the New York National Guard
can continue to be overcome only as long as the New York National
Guard continues to attract highly qualified citizen-soldiers
committed to the protection of the State and Nation.

Members of the New York National Guard and Air National Guard
presently receive health care coverage from the federal veterans
administration if they are called to active duty, and then thereafter


for a limited period of time. Such National Guard members, however,
are eligible, under a federally arranged program to receive health
insurance from a private insurer known as TRICARE.

In order to receive such coverage, however, such service members must
pay a co-payment of nearly $3,000. As many members of the Guard do
not have the resources to afford this co-pay, many go uninsured and
without coverage.

This bill would have the state of New York pay for the co-pay as a
benefit to Guard members. thereby assuring that they have health
insurance, and relieving any cost that could incur to medicaid or
child health plus. As a result, for a fraction of the cost that it
would expend to cover a state employee, this program would assure
Guard members have family health insurance coverage.

This bill would not only serve as an important recruitment and
retention incentive, but also provide a fitting reward for their
public, state and national service.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2008 - S.5063B - Passed Senate.
1/25/11 Reported and Committed to Finance
6/6/12 Reported and Committed to Finance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
According to DMNA and TRICARE it is estimated that no more than
approximately 3000 individuals would take advantage of this coverage
option in the event that the co-pay is provided. With family
coverage, such state share would constitute $253 per month or $3036
per year. This would effect a total maximum cost of $9,108,000. Due
to the age and income demographics of the personnel involved,
however, many would not take have to purchase family coverage
(thereby lowering their annual cost to $972). Additionally, income
demographics of the personnel involved, indicate that many of these
individuals would also otherwise qualify for medicaid or child health
plus. As a result of these two qualifications, the maximum cost of
$9,108,000 estimated for this program would actually
be far less, to the point where this proposal could actually be close
to revenue neutral.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act would take effect on the 180th day after it shall have become
a law.

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

                                  2659

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 23, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BALL  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the executive law and the military law, in  relation  to
  the establishment of the New York state veteran health insurance act

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

  Section 1. Short title.  This act shall be known and may be  cited  as
the "New York state veteran health insurance act".
  S  2.  Article  17  of  the  executive  law is amended by adding a new
section 369 to read as follows:
  S 369. VETERAN HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. THE DIVISION OF MILITARY  AND
NAVAL  AFFAIRS  IS  HEREBY DIRECTED TO ADMINISTRATE, IN COOPERATION WITH
THE DIVISION OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, A NEW YORK STATE VETERAN HEALTH INSUR-
ANCE PROGRAM. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL PROVIDE ANY PERSON, WHO IS A MEMBER  OF
THE NEW YORK ARMY NATIONAL GUARD OR THE NEW YORK AIR NATIONAL GUARD, AND
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENROLL IN THE TRICARE RESERVE SELECT HEALTH INSURANCE
PROGRAM  WITH  ANY  AND ALL ENROLLMENT FEES, COST SHARING OR CO-PAYMENTS
NECESSARY FOR SUCH PERSON TO ENROLL IN AND OBTAIN INDIVIDUAL  OR  FAMILY
COVERAGE  UNDER  SUCH PROGRAM. THE PAYMENT OF SUCH FEES, COST SHARING OR
CO-PAYMENTS MAY BE PROVIDED, PURSUANT TO REGULATION, EITHER DIRECTLY  TO
THE  TRICARE  RESERVE SELECT HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, OR ITS AGENTS, OR
TO THE INDIVIDUAL ENROLLEE, UPON SUFFICIENT PROOF OF ENROLLMENT. NOTHING
IN THIS SECTION, HOWEVER, SHALL REQUIRE  THE  VETERAN  HEALTH  INSURANCE
PROGRAM  TO  PROVIDE  PAYMENT  FOR PROGRAM DEDUCTIBLES OR FOR THE TWENTY
PERCENT NONPLAN MEDICAL PROVIDER CO-PAYMENT, OR THE FIFTEEN PERCENT PLAN
MEDICAL PROVIDER CO-PAYMENT.
  S 3. The military law is amended by adding a new section 246-a to read
as follows:
  S 246-A. VETERAN HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. THE  DIVISION  OF  MILITARY
AND  NAVAL  AFFAIRS  IS  HEREBY DIRECTED TO ADMINISTRATE, IN COOPERATION

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07147-01-3

S. 2659                             2

WITH THE DIVISION  OF  VETERANS  AFFAIRS,  A  VETERAN  HEALTH  INSURANCE
PROGRAM.  SUCH  PROGRAM SHALL PROVIDE ANY PERSON, WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE
NEW YORK ARMY NATIONAL GUARD OR THE NEW YORK AIR NATIONAL GUARD, AND WHO
IS  ELIGIBLE  TO  ENROLL  IN THE TRICARE RESERVE SELECT HEALTH INSURANCE
PROGRAM WITH ANY AND ALL ENROLLMENT FEES, COST  SHARING  OR  CO-PAYMENTS
NECESSARY  FOR  SUCH PERSON TO ENROLL IN AND OBTAIN INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY
COVERAGE UNDER SUCH PROGRAM. THE PAYMENT OF SUCH FEES, COST  SHARING  OR
CO-PAYMENTS  MAY BE PROVIDED, PURSUANT TO REGULATION, EITHER DIRECTLY TO
THE TRICARE RESERVE SELECT HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, OR ITS  AGENTS,  OR
TO THE INDIVIDUAL ENROLLEE, UPON SUFFICIENT PROOF OF ENROLLMENT. NOTHING
IN  THIS  SECTION,  HOWEVER,  SHALL REQUIRE THE VETERAN HEALTH INSURANCE
PROGRAM TO PROVIDE PAYMENT FOR PROGRAM DEDUCTIBLES  OR  FOR  THE  TWENTY
PERCENT NONPLAN MEDICAL PROVIDER CO-PAYMENT, OR THE FIFTEEN PERCENT PLAN
MEDICAL PROVIDER CO-PAYMENT.
  S 4. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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