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File #: Int 0855-2015    Version: Name: A study regarding the feasibility of notifying individuals who may be eligible for public assistance.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 7/23/2015
Enactment date: 1/19/2018 Law number: 2018/060
Title: A Local Law to amend administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to a study regarding the feasibility of notifying individuals who may be eligible for public assistance
Sponsors: Ben Kallos, Helen K. Rosenthal, Antonio Reynoso, Deborah L. Rose, Donovan J. Richards, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Carlos Menchaca, Bill Perkins, Brad S. Lander, Jumaane D. Williams, James G. Van Bramer, Corey D. Johnson, Margaret S. Chin, Stephen T. Levin, Annabel Palma, Adrienne E. Adams, Inez D. Barron, The Public Advocate (Ms. James)
Council Member Sponsors: 18
Summary: The bill would require the Mayor’s Office of Operations to produce a study by December 31, 2018, regarding the feasibility and cost of utilizing City administrative data to determine individuals who are likely eligible for public assistance and to provide notice to those individuals of their likely eligibility. The study would include all forms of public assistance for which an individual can apply through the City.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 855-B, 2. Summary of Int. No. 855-A, 3. Summary of Int. No. 855, 4. Int. No. 855 - 7/23/15, 5. Committee Report 6/27/17, 6. Hearing Testimony 6/27/17, 7. Hearing Transcript 6/27/17, 8. Proposed Int. No. 855-A - 8/3/17, 9. Proposed Int. No. 855-B - 12/12/17, 10. Committee Report 12/18/17, 11. Hearing Transcript 12/18/17, 12. Fiscal Impact Statement, 13. December 19, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 14. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 12-19-17
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
1/19/2018BBen Kallos Administration City Charter Rule Adopted  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/8/2018BBen Kallos Mayor Hearing Scheduled by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/19/2017BBen Kallos City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/19/2017BBen Kallos City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/18/2017*Ben Kallos Committee on General Welfare Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/18/2017*Ben Kallos Committee on General Welfare Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/18/2017*Ben Kallos Committee on General Welfare Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/18/2017BBen Kallos Committee on General Welfare Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/27/2017*Ben Kallos Committee on General Welfare Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/27/2017*Ben Kallos Committee on General Welfare Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/27/2017*Ben Kallos Committee on General Welfare Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/23/2015*Ben Kallos City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/23/2015*Ben Kallos City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 855-B

 

By Council Members Kallos, Rosenthal, Reynoso, Rose, Richards, Rodriguez, Menchaca, Perkins, Lander, Williams, Van Bramer, Johnson, Chin, Levin, Palma, Adams, Barron and the Public Advocate (Ms. James)

 

A Local Law to amend administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to a study regarding the feasibility of notifying individuals who may be eligible for public assistance

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Subchapter 1 of chapter 1 of title 3 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 3-120 to read as follows:

§ 3-120 Study on notification of public assistance eligibility a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Notice. The term “notice” means a written communication sent through the mail or by electronic means.

Public assistance. The term “public assistance” means all forms of public benefits provided by the federal government, state of New York, or city of New York for which an individual may apply through the city including but not limited to: cash assistance; the home energy assistance program; medicaid; rent increase exemptions; child care subsidies; and the supplemental nutrition assistance program.

Renewal. The term “renewal” means the automatic or affirmative act of recertifying or re-applying for public assistance, as may be required on a periodic basis, for an individual already receiving such public assistance.

City administrative data. The term “administrative data” means data, including but not limited to individually identifiable data, that is maintained in databases managed by the city of New York, including but not limited to those maintained by the department of social services, the department of finance, the administration for children’s services, the department of small business services and the department of housing preservation and development.

Office. The term “office” means the office of operations established pursuant to section 15 of the charter or any other office or agency designated by the mayor.

b. By December 31, 2018, the office, in collaboration with relevant agencies, shall complete a study regarding the feasibility and cost to the city of utilizing city administrative data to identify individuals who are likely eligible for public assistance and providing notice to such individuals of their likely eligibility.  Such study shall include, but need not be limited to:

1. Assessing the city’s technical ability to collect, disclose, and electronically transmit city administrative data, in a manner that complies with applicable law and city and agency policies, including data provided by every individual who submits an application for public assistance or is in receipt of public assistance, in order to determine likely qualification for additional public assistance using eligibility screening tool(s);

2. Identifying and assessing the means available to provide notice to an individual of any public assistance or additional public assistance for which an the individual may qualify. Such notice may include a copy of the relevant applications and instructions on how to apply for such public assistance. In instances where public assistance may be applied for or renewed online, the office shall consider how notice may include a link to access the application or renewal online, and the option for individuals to decline receiving applications or renewals in paper form;

3. Assessing the technical ability to provide pre-filled applications with information obtained from an individual’s initial public assistance application or other existing city administrative data, in a manner that complies with applicable law and city and agency policies, such assessment considering: (i) renewal applications where an individual is already receiving such public assistance, (ii) in instances where public assistance may be applied for or renewed online, how an individual may be provided with a link to securely access the applicable public benefit application online that has been pre-filled with information obtained from such individual’s last public benefit application along with instructions, and (iii) the implications of enabling individuals to decline receiving applications or renewals in paper form;

4.  Considering the implications of notifying individuals of their likely eligibility for certain public assistance benefits that, if claimed, may affect their eligibility for existing or other public assistance benefits;

5. Identifying additional options for the city to provide individuals with assistance in completing public assistance applications, including but not limited to online, over the phone through 311 and at a city agency accepting public assistance applications.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

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