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A10697 Summary:

BILL NOA10697
 
SAME ASSAME AS S08453, SAME AS S09008
 
SPONSORHevesi
 
COSPNSREnglebright
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 95, Soc Serv L
 
Instructs the office of temporary and disability assistance to apply for a waiver from the federal government to allow for the purchase of multivitamin-mineral dietary supplements with benefits through SNAP.
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A10697 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A10697
 
SPONSOR: Hevesi
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to the purchase of multivitamin-mineral dietary supplements with benefits through SNAP   PURPOSE: This bill directs the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance to apply for a waiver from the federal government so to allow for a program in New York whereby persons who wish, may use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, towards the purchase of multivitamin-miner- al dietary supplements.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 directs the Office to file for a waiver from the federal government so that New York SNAP recipients may use their benefits towards the purchase of multivitamin-mineral dietary supplements. Section 2 provides that this act shall take effect immediately.   JUSTIFICATION: Benefactors are currently restricted from using SNAP benefits towards the purchase of multivitamin-mineral dietary supplements due to a restriction within the federal oversight program. Taking a daily multiv- itamin provides one with an array of essential nutrients and may provide several health benefits, especially in terms of illness recovery, addressing dietary restrictions, increasing chances for a healthy preg- nancy in women, improved cognitive functioning and energy. This bill would direct NYS to apply for a waiver from the federal guidelines, to allow for the purchase of these nutrients with SNAP benefits.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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