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
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A08198 Votes:

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

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
veterans.

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-effectiveness and increased access to services of a coordinated,
interdisciplinary 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
requiring 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 country. The program put forth in this bill seeks to more
fully meet the comprehensive health needs that veterans require and
allow for additional 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:

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

                                         8198

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                     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    S  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    S 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    S  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    S  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    S 6. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 99-aa to
   32  read as follows:
   33    S 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    S 7. This act shall take effect immediately.
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