senate Bill S7530

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the aging in place task force, and provides for its powers and duties

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May 15, 2014 referred to aging

S7530 - Bill Details

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Senate Aging
Law Section:
Elder

S7530 - Bill Texts

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Establishes the aging in place task force, and provides for its powers and duties.

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BILL NUMBER:S7530

TITLE OF BILL: An act relating to establishing the aging in place
task force, and providing for its powers and duties

PURPOSE:

This task force is charged with determining the ability of a person to
live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and
comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level" (according
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Aging in place task force. There is hereby established
within the office for the aging an aging in place task force. The
purpose of the task force shall be to study how the state can
encourage aging in place including, but not limited to, an examination
of:

(a) infrastructure and transportation improvements,

(b) zoning changes to facilitate home care,

(c) enhanced nutrition programs and delivery options,

(d) improved fraud and abuse protections,

(e) expansion of home medical care options,

(f) tax incentives, and

(g) incentives for private insurance.

§ 2. The aging in place task force shall consist of a total of six
teen members and shall include: the commissioner of the state office
of temporary and disability assistance or his or her designee; the
director of the office for the aging or his or her designee; the
chairperson and ranking member of the standing senate and assembly
committees of aging or his or her designee; two people appointed by
the governor; two people appointed by the temporary president of the
senate; one person appointed by the majority leader of the senate; one
person appointed by the minority leader of the senate; two people
appointed by the speaker of the assembly; one person appointed by the
majority leader of the assembly; and one person appointed by the
minority leader of the assembly. The chairperson and ranking members
of the standing senate and assembly committees of aging and the
appointees of the temporary president of the senate, majority leader
of the senate, minority leader of the senate, speaker of the assembly,
majority leader of the assembly and minority leader of the assembly
may be members of the legislature. All appointments to the aging in
place task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the
effective date of this act. Any vacancy shall be filled by the
appointing authority.

§ 3. There shall be two chairpersons selected from among the members
of the aging in place task force. One chairperson shall be selected by


the temporary president of the senate and one chairperson shall be
selected by the speaker of the assembly. Such chairperson shall
schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no
later than sixty days after the effective date of this act.

§ 4. The members of the aging in place task force shall serve without
compensation, except that members shall be allowed their necessary and
actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties under this
act.

§ 5. The office for the aging shall provide the aging in place task
force with such facilities, assistance, and data as will enable such
task force to carry out its powers and duties. Additionally, all other
departments or agencies of the state or subdivisions thereof shall, at
the request of the chairpersons, provide such task force with such
facilities, assistance, and data as will enable such task force to
carry out its powers and duties.

§ 6. The aging in place task force shall issue a report of its
findings and recommendations to the governor, the temporary president
of the senate and the speaker of the assembly no later than January 1,
2016.

§ 7. The aging in place task force shall terminate on the date that it
submits the report required in section six of this act or December 31,
2015, whichever is later.

§ 8. This act shall take effect immediately.

EXISTING LAW:

None exist at this time

JUSTIFICATION:

If you're like the majority of Americans, you want to continue living
in a familiar environment throughout your maturing years.

In life, sooner or later, the house that was built for an "average"
family does not work and one of the greatest concerns people have as
they grow older is that they may have to leave their home. In fact an
AARP survey found the number of Americans desiring to stay in their
homes for the rest of their lives, to "Age in Place", to be greater
than 80%.

Aging in Place means living in your homes safely, independently and
comfortably, regardless of age or ability level.

Whether for physical, geographic, or monetary reasons, much of the
aging population will someday have to face this issue. This possibly
means leaving behind a comfortable living space, family, a familiar
community and many memories. In addition, a certain amount of control
is lost when a person gives up their home. This "control" provides the
bases to our feelings of dignity, quality of life and independence.
One's Home, their Haven, is a strong element in that sense of
security.


As health care costs rise and stays at hospitals or even transitional
care get shorter, the aging population must decide how they want to
spend their hard earned dollars.

The purpose of the task force is to examine the needs of senior
citizens and in doing so the appropriate state agencies will be able
to encourage aging in place including, but not limited to, an
examination of the above mentioned concerns.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7530

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2014
                               ___________

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

AN ACT relating to establishing the  aging  in  place  task  force,  and
  providing for its powers and duties

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

  Section 1. Aging in place task  force.  There  is  hereby  established
within  the  office  for  the  aging  an  aging in place task force. The
purpose of the task force shall be to study how the state can  encourage
aging in place including, but not limited to, an examination of:
  (a) infrastructure and transportation improvements;
  (b) zoning changes to facilitate home care;
  (c) enhanced nutrition programs and delivery options;
  (d) improved fraud and abuse protections;
  (e) expansion of home medical care options;
  (f) tax incentives; and
  (g) incentives for private insurance.
  S 2. The aging in place task force shall consist of a total of sixteen
members  and  shall  include:  the  commissioner  of the state office of
temporary and disability assistance or his or her designee; the director
of the office for the aging or his or her designee; the chairperson  and
ranking  member  of the standing senate and assembly committees of aging
or his or her designee; two people appointed by the governor; two people
appointed by the temporary president of the senate; one person appointed
by the majority leader of the senate; one person appointed by the minor-
ity leader of the senate; two people appointed by  the  speaker  of  the
assembly;  one  person appointed by the majority leader of the assembly;
and one person appointed by the minority leader  of  the  assembly.  The
chairperson  and  ranking  members  of  the standing senate and assembly
committees of aging and the appointees of the temporary president of the
senate, majority leader of the senate, minority leader  of  the  senate,
speaker  of  the  assembly, majority leader of the assembly and minority
leader of the assembly may be members of the legislature.  All  appoint-
ments to the aging in place task force shall be made no later than thir-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15264-01-4

S. 7530                             2

ty  days  after  the  effective  date  of this act. Any vacancy shall be
filled by the appointing authority.
  S  3.  There shall be two chairpersons selected from among the members
of the aging in place task force. One chairperson shall be  selected  by
the  temporary  president  of  the  senate  and one chairperson shall be
selected by the speaker of the assembly. Such chairperson shall schedule
the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no  later  than
sixty days after the effective date of this act.
  S  4. The members of the aging in place task force shall serve without
compensation, except that members shall be allowed their  necessary  and
actual  expenses  incurred in the performance of their duties under this
act.
  S 5. The office for the aging shall provide the aging  in  place  task
force  with  such  facilities,  assistance, and data as will enable such
task force to carry out its powers and duties. Additionally,  all  other
departments  or  agencies of the state or subdivisions thereof shall, at
the request of the chairpersons,  provide  such  task  force  with  such
facilities, assistance, and data as will enable such task force to carry
out its powers and duties.
  S  6.  The aging in place task force shall issue a report of its find-
ings and recommendations to the governor, the temporary president of the
senate and the speaker of the assembly no later than January 1, 2016.
  S 7. The aging in place task force shall terminate on the date that it
submits the report required in section six of this act or  December  31,
2015, whichever is later.
  S 8. This act shall take effect immediately.

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