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File #: Int 1659-2019    Version: Name: Plan to identify and enroll seniors eligible for supplemental nutrition assistance benefits.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 8/14/2019
Enactment date: 3/13/2020 Law number: 2020/039
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to a plan to identify and enroll seniors eligible for supplemental nutrition assistance benefits
Sponsors: Margaret S. Chin, Ben Kallos, Diana Ayala , Vanessa L. Gibson, Brad S. Lander, Keith Powers , Carlina Rivera , Kalman Yeger , Andrew Cohen, Andy L. King, Helen K. Rosenthal, Paul A. Vallone, Robert F. Holden, Stephen T. Levin, Mathieu Eugene
Council Member Sponsors: 15
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Social Services, working in collaboration with the Department for the Aging, to develop a plan to identify and enroll seniors who are eligible for supplement nutritional assistance benefits, but who are not yet enrolled to receive such benefits.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1659-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1659, 3. Int. No. 1659, 4. August 14, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 8-14-19, 6. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - August 14, 2019, 7. Committee Report 9/18/19, 8. Report - Growing Food Equity in New York City, 9. Hearing Testimony 9/18/19, 10. Hearing Transcript 9/18/19, 11. Proposed Int. No. 1659-A - 2/7/20, 12. Committee Report 2/10/20, 13. Hearing Transcript 2/10/20, 14. February 11, 2020 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 15. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2-11-20, 16. Int. No. 1659-A (FINAL), 17. Fiscal Impact Statement, 18. Legislative Documents - Letter to the Mayor, 19. Local Law 39, 20. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - February 11, 2020
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
3/13/2020AMargaret S. Chin City Council Returned Unsigned by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/13/2020AMargaret S. Chin Administration City Charter Rule Adopted  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/2020AMargaret S. Chin City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/2020AMargaret S. Chin City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/10/2020*Margaret S. Chin Committee on General Welfare Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/10/2020*Margaret S. Chin Committee on General Welfare Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/10/2020*Margaret S. Chin Committee on General Welfare Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/10/2020AMargaret S. Chin Committee on General Welfare Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/18/2019*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Education Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/18/2019*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Education Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/18/2019*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Economic Development Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/18/2019*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Economic Development Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/18/2019*Margaret S. Chin Committee on General Welfare Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/18/2019*Margaret S. Chin Committee on General Welfare Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/14/2019*Margaret S. Chin City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/14/2019*Margaret S. Chin City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 1659-A

 

By Council Members Chin, Kallos, Ayala, Gibson, Lander, Powers, Rivera, Yeger, Cohen, King, Rosenthal, Vallone, Holden, Levin and Eugene

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to a plan to identify and enroll seniors eligible for supplemental nutrition assistance benefits

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Subdivision d of section 21-131.1 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 134 for the year 2017, is amended to read as follows:

d. Beginning April 1, 2021[February 1, 2018], and annually thereafter, the department, in coordination with the department for the aging, shall submit a report to the speaker of the city council regarding the department's activities with respect to supplemental nutrition assistance enrollment and recertification for seniors. Such report shall provide an overview of the department's activities with respect to supplemental nutrition assistance enrollment and recertification for seniors, including the public campaign and the enrollment and recertification program, and shall include (i) the number of seniors enrolled in the supplemental nutrition assistance program in the previous calendar year; (ii) the number of seniors recertified for the supplemental nutrition assistance program in the previous calendar year; [and] (iii) a comparison of the annual rate of enrollment for seniors versus the number of seniors in the city that the department estimates are likely to be eligible based on readily available community data such as census data; (iv) identification of specific barriers to enrolling and recertifying eligible seniors who would benefit from participation in the supplemental nutrition assistance program, with particular consideration given to seniors who are unable to travel to senior centers, whether due to physical limitation or lack of access to transportation or other reasons, and seniors who are not receiving other social services; and (v) a plan, developed in collaboration with the department for the aging, to overcome such barriers to enrollment and recertification to reach eligible seniors who are unable to travel to senior centers and who are not receiving other social services. [Beginning on February 1, 2019, the] Such report shall also indicate how the data required by this subdivision compares to the previous year. The report shall further indicate the method by which seniors enrolled in or recertified for the supplemental nutrition assistance program, whether online, by mobile application, by telephone, by paper application, or by other means.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

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