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A02240 Summary:

BILL NOA02240
 
SAME ASSAME AS S01628
 
SPONSORHyndman
 
COSPNSRColton, Williams, Zaccaro
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §206, Pub Health L
 
Waives certain requirements of the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children during a state of emergency declared as a result of a public health crisis, including: allowing any unused portions of any monthly allowances to carry over from month to month; increasing the amount of the monetary limit of not less than sixty percent for the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables.
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A02240 Actions:

BILL NOA02240
 
01/25/2023referred to health
01/03/2024referred to health
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A02240 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A2240
 
SPONSOR: Hyndman
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to directing the commissioner of health to waive certain requirements of the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children during a state of emergency declared as a result of a public health crisis   PURPOSE: To ensure that flexibility is built into certain requirements of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) that will apply during a public health crisis.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends Section 206 of the Public Health Law to provide the Commissioner of Health with the power to add flexibility to the WIC program in the following ways: (1)Program participants must be able to carry over voucher allotments from month to month, instead of the present practice of monthly expira- tion; (2)Program participants must be given the flexibility to purchase addi- tional supplies of fresh fruits and vegetables, by increasing the mone- tary limit by at least 60% (to at least $15.00), as supply issues and the lack of affordability due to COVID-19 persist; (3)Any other requirements of the program that the Commissioner decides is in the best interest of beneficiaries.   JUSTIFICATION: The COVID-19 Pandemic has touched every facet of our life, including the very nature of how we shop as consumers and how the supply chain inter- acts with merchants. Many WIC customers have been denied benefits because stores were literally out of a product, charging high process for fruits and vegetables, and with each store having limited hours, long lines, social distancing protocols and restrictions on bringing children to shop with you, many individuals are being denied their WIC benefits at the time when they need them the absolute most. This legis- lation gives the Health Commissioner necessary flexibility to address on the ground issues that persist due to the public health pandemic.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A02240 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          2240
 
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 25, 2023
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. HYNDMAN -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Health
 
        AN ACT to amend the public health law,  in  relation  to  directing  the
          commissioner  of  health  to waive certain requirements of the special
          supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children  during
          a state of emergency declared as a result of a public health crisis
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 206 of the public  health  law  is
     2  amended by adding a new paragraph (w) to read as follows:
     3    (w)  during  a  state  of  emergency  declared as a result of a public
     4  health crisis, waive certain requirements of  the  special  supplemental
     5  nutrition  program  for  women, infants and children, including, but not
     6  limited to:
     7    (i) the requirement that the monthly allowances  available  under  the
     8  program  expire  each month and provide that any unused portions of such
     9  allowances may carry over from month to month;
    10    (ii) the current monthly monetary limit  for  the  purchase  of  fresh
    11  fruits  and vegetables and provide for an increase in the amount of such
    12  monetary limit of not less than sixty percent; and
    13    (iii) any other requirements of  the  program  that  the  commissioner
    14  deems  necessary  to  waive  in  order  to protect the best interests of
    15  eligible individuals receiving allowances under the program.
    16    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03697-01-3
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