A08198 Summary:

BILL NO    A08198 

SAME AS    
SAME AS S05780

SPONSOR    DenDekker

COSPNSR    

MLTSPNSR   

Add S99-aa, St Fin L

Relates to establishing the veterans' home and community based care pilot
program and fund.
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A08198 Actions:

BILL NO    A08198 

06/11/2015 referred to ways and means
01/06/2016 referred to ways and means
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A08198 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A08198 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8198
 
SPONSOR: DenDekker
  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- ans.   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.
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A08198 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          8198
 
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      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.
                                                                   LBD11355-01-5

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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
    14  group.
    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.
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