senate Bill S3345

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes enrollment grants for medical education programs for minorities; appropriation

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S3345 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Appropriations
Laws Affected:
Add ยง6402-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2758
2009-2010: S5035

S3345 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes enrollment grants for medical education programs of non-public institutions for minorities, as a plan to increase the number of minority students entering and completing educational programs leading to professional licensure in medicine; increases grants based upon percentage of minority students enrolled at such institution; appropriates $258,000 to education department for payment of such grants.

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BILL NUMBER:S3345

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
authorizing enrollment grants to increase the participation and
retention in medical education programs of New York state residents
from groups historically underrepresented and making an appropriation
therefor

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To increase the number of minority
students entering and completing educational programs leading to
professional licensure in medicine.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would add a new section
6402-a to the Education Law authorizing the award of grants to
independent institutions of higher education offering registered
programs in medicine as an incentive to increase minority enrollment
and retention in such programs. The bill provides that if a medical
school's enrollment comprises at least 8% (present mean enrollment)
under-represented minorities, the school would receive an additional
capitation or enrollment grant of $1,000 for each such minority
student. If minority enrollment reaches 12% or higher, the capitation
bonus would be $2,000 per minority student; at 16% or higher, the
bonus would be $4,000 per minority student. As a further inducement
for schools to develop programs aimed at supporting retention of
minorities, capitation payments for fourth-year students would be
awarded at double the normal level ($2,000, $4,000 or $8,000 depending
on enrollment percentage for that year). The bill would appropriate
$258,000 to fund the program. The bill would authorize the
Commissioner of Education to promulgate regulations to implement the
program and establish a payment schedule with the approval of the
Director of the Budget. The Commissioner would be required to review
the effective ness of the grant program, including a review of the
programs developed by the medical schools.

JUSTIFICATION; In New York, as in the Nation, there is an acute
under-representation of minorities in medical education programs and,
as a consequence, in the licensed profession. Statistics show, for
example, that in New York, Blacks and Hispanics account for
approximately 25% of the total population, 30% of the public school
enrollment and 17% of the undergraduate enrollment; but only 6% of
first professional degrees awarded in medicine go to members of those
minority groups. Research indicates that the provision of adequate
medical services to minority populations is closely related to the
number of minority physicians. The provision of such services has
been cited as a compelling State interest and stated as an expressed
goal by the Board of Regents. New York medical schools have not been
successful in attracting the available qualified minority candidates,
and in some instances have fallen below national averages and
comparable States in enrollment of minorities. Throughout the past
several years New York State's medical schools have repeatedly cited
the lack of adequate resources as being a major obstacle in their
attempts to attract and retain larger numbers of qualified minority
students. It is anticipated that a modified New York State program of
capitation assistance, which includes incentive awards tied to
minority enrollments, will provide the necessary additional resources


to medical schools which can then implement better programs to aid in
increasing enrollment and retention of qualified minority students.
An increase in the number of minority medical school graduates will
improve the availability of medical services in many areas of the
State.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 1985-86: A.7727, Higher Education 1987-88:
A.7935, Higher Education 1989-90: A.2617, Higher Education 1991-92:
A.890, Higher Education 1993-94: A.3099, Higher Education 1995-96:
A.5315, Higher Education 1997-98: A.5315, Higher Education 1999-00:
A.1660 Higher Education 2005-06: A.9669 Higher Education 2009-10:
S.5035/A.5240- Referred to Higher Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: It is estimated that this bill would require the
following appropriations in the fiscal years indicated:

2001-02 $501,000 2002-03 $915,000 2003-04 $1,476,000 2004-05
$1,873,000

EFFECTIVE DATE: The first of October next succeeding the date on
which it shall have become a law.

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

                                  3345

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HASSELL-THOMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing enrollment
  grants to increase the participation and retention in  medical  educa-
  tion  programs  of  New  York state residents from groups historically
  underrepresented and making an appropriation therefor

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

  Section  1.  Legislative  findings and purpose. The legislature hereby
finds and declares that individuals from certain minority groups, prima-
rily Blacks, Hispanics and  Native  Americans,  have  been  historically
underrepresented in medical education programs and, as a consequence, in
the  medical  profession. A vast human resource remains largely untapped
at a time when medical services in urban areas are  inadequate  and  the
urban poor continue to be underserved.
  The  medical schools of the state have not been successful in attract-
ing the available qualified minority candidates, and in  some  instances
have  fallen below national averages and comparable states in enrollment
of minorities.  Medical  schools  have  repeatedly  cited  the  lack  of
adequate  resources  as  being  a  major  obstacle  in their attempts to
attract and retain larger numbers of qualified minority students.
  The legislature therefore declares that a modified program of  capita-
tion  assistance is needed for the purpose of expanding opportunities to
underrepresented minority students to participate in  medical  education
programs leading to licensure and a career in the medical profession.
  S  2.  The education law is amended by adding a new section 6402-a  to
read as follows:
  S 6402-A. MINORITY  ENROLLMENT  GRANTS  TO  MEDICAL  SCHOOLS.  1.  THE
COMMISSIONER  SHALL ANNUALLY APPORTION TO EACH NON-PUBLIC INSTITUTION OF
HIGHER EDUCATION OFFERING AN APPROVED PROGRAM IN MEDICINE AN  ADDITIONAL
ENROLLMENT  GRANT FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXPANDING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06457-01-3

S. 3345                             2

FOR MINORITY STUDENTS, WHICH FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION SHALL MEAN
STATE RESIDENTS WHO ARE BLACK, HISPANIC OR NATIVE AMERICAN, IN A SUM  TO
BE DETERMINED AS FOLLOWS:
  (A)  ONE  THOUSAND  DOLLARS  SHALL  BE  APPORTIONED FOR EACH FULL-TIME
MINORITY STUDENT ENROLLED, PROVIDED THAT NOT LESS THAN EIGHT PERCENT  OF
THE STUDENTS ENROLLED AT THE INSTITUTION ARE MINORITY STUDENTS. AN ADDI-
TIONAL  ONE  THOUSAND  DOLLARS SHALL BE APPORTIONED FOR EACH FOURTH-YEAR
MINORITY STUDENT.
  (B) TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS  SHALL  BE  APPORTIONED  FOR  EACH  FULL-TIME
MINORITY STUDENT ENROLLED, PROVIDED THAT NOT LESS THAN TWELVE PERCENT OF
THE STUDENTS ENROLLED AT THE INSTITUTION ARE MINORITY STUDENTS. AN ADDI-
TIONAL  TWO  THOUSAND  DOLLARS SHALL BE APPORTIONED FOR EACH FOURTH-YEAR
MINORITY STUDENT.
  (C) FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS SHALL  BE  APPORTIONED  FOR  EACH  FULL-TIME
STUDENT  ENROLLED,  PROVIDED  THAT  NOT LESS THAN SIXTEEN PERCENT OF THE
STUDENTS ENROLLED AT THE INSTITUTION ARE  MINORITY  STUDENTS.  AN  ADDI-
TIONAL  FOUR  THOUSAND DOLLARS SHALL BE APPORTIONED FOR EACH FOURTH-YEAR
MINORITY STUDENT.
  2. INSTITUTIONS WHICH RECEIVE GRANTS PURSUANT TO  THIS  SECTION  SHALL
SUBMIT TO THE COMMISSIONER SUCH REPORTS OR DOCUMENTS IN SUCH FORM AND AT
SUCH  TIME  AS HE OR SHE MAY REQUIRE BY REGULATION IN ORDER TO CARRY OUT
THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION. THE COMMISSIONER PERIODICALLY SHALL REVIEW
THE INSTITUTIONS WHICH RECEIVE STATE FUNDS PURSUANT TO THIS  SECTION  TO
EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE INSTITUTIONS' MINORITY RECRUITMENT AND
RETENTION PROGRAMS.
  3. THE COMMISSIONER MAY PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS TO ACCOMPLISH
THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION.
  4.  FUNDS  APPROPRIATED FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE PAID
IN ACCORDANCE WITH A PAYMENT SCHEDULE TO BE ESTABLISHED BY  THE  COMMIS-
SIONER AND APPROVED BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE BUDGET.
  S  3.  The sum of two hundred fifty-eight thousand dollars ($258,000),
or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby  appropriated  to  the
education  department  out  of  any  moneys in the state treasury in the
general fund to the credit of the local assistance account,  not  other-
wise  appropriated, for the payment of capitation grants to increase the
participation and retention of minority students  in  medical  education
programs.    Such  sum  shall be payable on the audit and warrant of the
state comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by the  commissioner
of education, in the manner prescribed by law.
  S  4. This act shall take effect on the first of October next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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