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SB7959 Summary:

Directs the commissioner of the department of health to apply for a waiver to implement a work requirement for able-bodied adult recipients of Medicaid.
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SB7959 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                    IN SENATE
                                     March 13, 2018
        Introduced  by  Sen.  O'MARA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Health
        AN ACT directing the commissioner of health to apply  for  a  waiver  to
          implement a work requirement for able-bodied adult recipients of Medi-
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. The commissioner of health shall prepare and submit to  the
     2  Centers  for Medicare and Medicaid Services an application for a waiver,
     3  pursuant to section 1115 of the Social Security Act,  42  USC  1315,  to
     4  allow  the  state to implement a program incentivizing community engage-
     5  ment and employment among able-bodied, working-age adults with the  goal
     6  of empowering program participants and providing them with the necessary
     7  tools  to seek and obtain employment and transition to self-sufficiency.
     8  Such waiver shall include the following:
     9    1. A requirement that every able-bodied, working-age adult enrolled in
    10  the Medicaid program participate in community engagement  or  employment
    11  activities.  The  following  Medicaid  program participants shall not be
    12  subject to the requirement for participation in community engagement  or
    13  employment activities:
    14    a. children under the age of 18 or individuals under the age of 19 who
    15  are participating in secondary education;
    16    b.  individuals  age  65  years and older; individuals who qualify for
    17  medical assistance services due to blindness  or  disability,  including
    18  individuals who receive services pursuant to a waiver under federal law;
    19    c.  individuals residing in institutions; individuals determined to be
    20  medically frail;
    21    d. pregnant and postpartum women;
    22    e. former foster children under the age of 26; and
    23    f. individuals who are the primary caregiver for a dependent,  includ-
    24  ing a dependent child or adult dependent with a disability.
    25    2.  Requirements  for  gradually escalating participation in community
    26  engagement and employment activities, as follows:
    27    a. three months after enrollment, at least five hours per week;

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    b. six months after enrollment, at least ten hours per week;
     2    c. nine months after enrollment, at least fifteen hours per week; and
     3    d. twelve months after enrollment, at least twenty hours per week.
     4    3. Provisions for satisfaction of the requirement for participation in
     5  community engagement and employment activities through:
     6    a. participation in job skills training;
     7    b. job search activities; education related to employment;
     8    c. general education, including participation in a program of prepara-
     9  tion  for the General Education Development (GED) certification examina-
    10  tion, Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)  or  community  college
    11  courses;
    12    d. vocational education and training;
    13    e. subsidized or unsubsidized employment;
    14    f. community work experience; community service or public service; or
    15    g.  caregiving  services  for  a nondependent relative or other person
    16  with a chronic, disabling health condition.
    17    4. Provisions for monitoring, evaluating, and assessing the effective-
    18  ness of the demonstration program in improving the health  and  wellness
    19  of  program  participants  and furthering the objectives of the Medicaid
    20  program.
    21    § 2. The commissioner of health shall  report  to  the  governor,  the
    22  speaker of the assembly and the temporary president of the senate on the
    23  status  of the waiver application required pursuant to this act by Janu-
    24  ary 1, 2019.
    25    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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