NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A8198
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state finance law in relation to
establishing the veterans home and community based care pilot program
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to
create a pilot program of home and community based services for veter-
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of this bill would create, in the state division of veterans'
affairs, a pilot program to test the benefit, quality, cost-effective-
ness and increased access to services of a coordinated, interdiscipli-
nary plan of home and community based services for veterans.
Section 2 establishes the program structure as a collaborative model
between home care agencies, physicians and other partners.
Section 3a allocates the authority to implement the pilot program to the
state director of the division of veterans' affairs. Section 3b
describes eligible home care agencies. Section 3c directs the state
director of veterans' affairs to convene an advisory group to assist in
establishing, and evaluating the results of and recommending further
action pursuant to the pilot program.
Section 4 authorizes the state director of the division of veterans'
affairs to seek federal funding and philanthropic funds for the program.
Section 5 calls for the state division of veterans' affairs to work with
participating providers to collect and analyze data from the program.
Section 6 amends the state finance law by adding section 99-aa.
JUSTIFICATION: Many of our veterans return home from service requir-
ing significant medical care. However, only about 36% of veterans are
actually enrolled in health care programs provided by the Department of
Veterans Affairs. As a state, New York should do all it can to make
health care services more easily available to those who served our coun-
try. The program put forth in this bill seeks to more fully meet the
comprehensive health needs that veterans require and allow for addi-
tional opportunities to promote the quality of life and community
engagement that veterans deserve.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: To be determined
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
June 11, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. DenDEKKER -- read once and referred to the
Committee on Ways and Means
AN ACT to amend the state finance law in relation to establishing the
veterans home and community based care pilot program
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. There is hereby created in the state division of veterans'
2 affairs a pilot program to test the benefit, quality, cost-effectiveness
3 and increased access to services of a coordinated, interdisciplinary
4 plan of home and community based services for veterans. The program
5 shall seek through an enhanced integrated, interdisciplinary model to
6 more fully meet the comprehensive health, psychosocial and related needs
7 of veterans, promote health and wellness, support quality of life and
8 community engagement.
9 § 2. The program shall be structured as a collaborative model between
10 home care agencies, physicians and other partners, addressing the
11 comprehensive, interdisciplinary needs of veterans through home and
12 community based services and the engagement of partners throughout the
13 health, psychosocial, vocational and social service continuum. The
14 program shall provide an individualized plan for participating veterans,
15 which considers the unique needs and circumstances of each veteran,
16 including factors related to health, age, military service and other
17 determining characteristics. Participation in the program by agencies,
18 physicians, other program partners and veterans shall be voluntary.
19 § 3. (a) The state director of the division of veterans' affairs shall
20 implement the pilot program through eligible home care agencies, collab-
21 orating physicians and other partners with experience in veterans care.
22 (b) Eligible home care agencies include certified home health agen-
23 cies, licensed home care services agencies and long term home health
24 care programs.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 (c) Such state director shall issue a request for applications to home
2 care agencies wishing to apply, in conjunction with collaborating physi-
3 cians and partners to be considered for the pilot program. Such state
4 director shall convene an advisory group to assist in establishing,
5 evaluating the results of and recommending further action pursuant to
6 the pilot program; the advisory group shall include representatives of
7 the state department of health, a statewide association representative
8 of home health care services, a statewide association representative of
9 physicians, veterans organizations, the New York State Health Founda-
10 tion, and other parties with expertise in veterans affairs which the
11 director determines to be appropriate. Such state director shall evalu-
12 ate and select applicants for participation based on program and scoring
13 criteria determined by the director in consultation with the advisory
15 § 4. The state director of the division of veterans' affairs is
16 authorized to seek federal funding to supplement any state funds avail-
17 able to support the pilot program, as well as to seek and receive
18 philanthropic funds for the program, for deposit into the veterans home
19 care pilot program fund established under section 99-aa of the state
20 finance law. Such state director is further authorized to seek federal
21 waivers or other federal authority for integrating through the pilot
22 program the benefits available to veterans for pilot program services
23 through the United States department of veterans affairs, Medicare,
24 Medicaid and/or any other federal benefit program available for such
25 services to veterans.
26 § 5. The state division of veterans' affairs shall work with partic-
27 ipating providers to collect and analyze experiential information and
28 data from the pilot program for review and recommendation for continua-
29 tion, modification, expansion and/or other policy or program improvement
30 for veterans.
31 § 6. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 99-aa to
32 read as follows:
33 § 99-aa. Veterans home care pilot program fund. 1. There is hereby
34 established in the joint custody of the state comptroller and commis-
35 sioner of taxation and finance a special fund to be known as the "veter-
36 ans home care pilot program fund".
37 2. Such fund shall consist of all moneys appropriated for the purpose
38 of such fund and any grant, gift, bequest or other funds deposited into
39 such fund for purposes of the veteran home care pilot program estab-
40 lished within the state division of veterans' affairs.
41 3. Monies of the fund shall be made available to the state director of
42 the division of veterans' affairs for the purpose of providing grants
43 and for the expenses of the division pursuant to the veterans home care
44 pilot program.
45 4. The monies of the fund shall be paid out on the audit and warrant
46 of the comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by the state direc-
47 tor of the division of veterans' affairs, or by an officer or employee
48 of the division designated by such state director.
49 § 7. This act shall take effect immediately.