NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A6161
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to authorize Anthony Pocchia to qualify for post-retirement
health insurance benefits
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Authorizes Anthony Pocchia to qualify for post-retirement health insur-
ance benefits and NYSHIP to accept application for such benefits
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Unconsolidated law - allows the combination of actual service and mili-
tary service credits to qualify Mr. Pocchia for post-retirement health
benefits. Allows for unused sick time earned offsetting costs of NYSHIP
plan. Requires the NYS Department of Civil Service to accept application
for post-retirement health benefits from Mr. Pocchia's date of retire-
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND AMENDED VERSION (IF APPLICABLE):
Mr. Anthony Pocchia, who retired from the Court System with over 10
years of creditable service between actual time and 3 years of veteran's
credits, would have qualified him for post-retirement health benefits.
He only learned after retirement that the veteran's credits were not
considered creditable service for post-retirement health insurance in
NYSHIP. This bill corrects this injustice and provides a mechanism for
Mr. Pocchia to acquire post-retirement health benefits in the same
manner as he should have upon his retirement date.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2021 Session - Sen. Savino-New Bill
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
Minimal to NYSHIP
STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
March 10, 2021
Introduced by M. of A. CUSICK -- read once and referred to the Committee
on Governmental Employees
AN ACT to authorize Anthony Pocchia to qualify for post-retirement
health insurance benefits
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary,
2 Anthony Pocchia, a retiree of the New York state unified court system,
3 and his dependents shall be permitted to apply all creditable service,
4 including military service credit, in order to qualify for post-retire-
5 ment health insurance in the New York state health insurance plan.
6 § 2. Any unused sick time earned by Anthony Pocchia shall be used to
7 offset the costs of the New York state health insurance plan chosen by
8 Anthony Pocchia.
9 § 3. The New York state department of civil service shall accept and
10 process Anthony Pocchia's application for post-retirement health insur-
11 ance benefits as if he retired upon date of receipt.
12 § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.