Enrolled HB 106: Establishing the senior care program and relating to that program; creating a fund for the provision of the senior care program; repealing ch. 3, SLA 2004; and providing for an effective date.
00Enrolled HB 106 01 Establishing the senior care program and relating to that program; creating a fund for the 02 provision of the senior care program; repealing ch. 3, SLA 2004; and providing for an 03 effective date. 04 _______________ 05 * Section 1. AS 09.38.015 is amended to read: 06 Sec. 09.38.015. Property exempt without limitation. (a) An individual is 07 entitled to exemption of the following property: 08 (1) a burial plot for the individual and the individual's family; 09 (2) health aids reasonably necessary to enable the individual or a 10 dependent to work or to sustain health; 11 (3) benefits paid or payable for medical, surgical, or hospital care to 12 the extent they are or will be used to pay for the care; 13 (4) an award under AS 18.67 (Violent Crimes Compensation Board) or 14 a crime victim's reparations act of another jurisdiction;
01 (5) benefits paid or payable as a longevity bonus under AS 47.45; 02 (6) compensation or benefits paid or payable and exempt under federal 03 law; 04 (7) liquor licenses granted under AS 04; 05 (8) tuition credit or savings accounts under a higher education savings 06 account established under AS 14.40.802 or an advance college tuition savings contract 07 authorized under AS 14.40.809(a); 08 (9) a permanent fund dividend to the extent allowed under 09 AS 43.23.065; 10 (10) benefits paid or payable as a senior care benefit under 11 AS 47.45.300 - 47.45.390. 12 * Sec. 2. AS 47.45 is amended by adding new sections to read: 13 Article 3. Senior Care Program. 14 Sec. 47.45.300. Senior care program. (a) The senior care program is 15 established in the Department of Health and Social Services to provide cash assistance 16 benefits and prescription drug benefits as far as practicable under appropriations 17 provided by law. 18 (b) The department shall 19 (1) administer the program; and 20 (2) adopt regulations under AS 44.62 to carry out the purposes of the 21 program. 22 (c) If the department estimates that appropriations for the program are 23 insufficient to meet the demands of the program in a fiscal year, the department may 24 reduce or eliminate the benefits available to recipients. Benefits shall be reduced or 25 eliminated in the following order: 26 (1) deductible coverage under AS 47.45.320(c); 27 (2) premium coverage under AS 47.45.320(c); 28 (3) cash assistance under AS 47.45.310(b). 29 Sec. 47.45.310. Cash assistance benefit. (a) To be eligible for a cash 30 assistance benefit under the program, an individual shall 31 (1) be 65 years of age or older;
01 (2) be a resident of the state; 02 (3) have household income that does not exceed 03 (A) $16,133 a year if the household consists of one person; or 04 (B) $21,641 a year if the household consists of two people; 05 (4) meet other eligibility requirements specified in this subsection and 06 in regulations adopted under this subsection; and 07 (5) apply on a form provided by the department; the department may 08 use an abbreviated form for an individual who received a payment under an assistance 09 program for seniors that paid $120 a month and was administered by the department 10 on or before the effective date of this section. 11 (b) An eligible individual who meets the income standard of (a)(3) of this 12 section shall receive cash assistance of $120 a month as far as practicable under 13 appropriations available to the program. 14 (c) Cash assistance provided under this section is inalienable by assignment or 15 transfer and is exempt from garnishment, levy, or execution as provided in 16 AS 09.38.015. 17 Sec. 47.45.320. Prescription drug benefit. (a) To be eligible for a 18 prescription drug benefit under the program, an individual 19 (1) shall be 65 years of age or older; 20 (2) shall be a resident of the state; 21 (3) shall have household income that does not exceed 22 (A) $20,913 a year if the household consists of one person; or 23 (B) $28,053 a year if the household consists of two people; 24 (4) may not be receiving a cash assistance payment under 25 AS 47.45.310; 26 (5) shall be enrolled in at least one of the prescription drug programs 27 described in (c) of this section; 28 (6) shall meet other eligibility requirements specified in this subsection 29 and in regulations adopted under this subsection; and 30 (7) shall apply on a form provided by the department; the department 31 may use an abbreviated form for individuals who received a payment under an
01 assistance program for seniors that paid $120 a month and was administered by the 02 department on or before the effective date of this section. 03 (b) To receive a prescription drug benefit under this section, an individual 04 (1) may not also receive a similar prescription drug benefit, except for 05 a prescription drug program offered by a facility that operates under the authority of 06 25 U.S.C. 450 - 458bbb-2; and 07 (2) if eligible for a similar prescription drug benefit, shall assign to the 08 department the individual's right to payment of the other prescription drug benefit. 09 (c) The department may pay an eligible individual's premium and deductible 10 for a prescription drug benefit authorized under 11 (1) 42 U.S.C. 1395w-101 - 1395w-152 (Medicare Prescription Drug, 12 Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003), as amended, including 13 (A) a prescription drug plan funded under 42 U.S.C. 1395w- 14 101 - 1395w-152 (Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and 15 Modernization Act of 2003), as amended; and 16 (B) a Medicare Advantage plan that provides prescription drug 17 coverage qualified under 42 U.S.C. 1395w-101 - 1395w-152 (Medicare 18 Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003), as amended; 19 (2) a group health plan, including the federal employees health benefits 20 program and qualified retiree prescription drug plan as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1395w- 21 132 (sec. 1860D-22(a)(2) of the Social Security Act), as amended; 22 (3) coverage of prescription drugs for veterans, survivors, and 23 dependents under 38 U.S.C. 1701 - 1784, as amended; 24 (4) coverage under a Medicare supplemental policy, such as medigap 25 under 42 U.S.C. 1395ss (sec. 1882 of the Social Security Act), as amended, and as 26 specified in 42 C.F.R. 403.205, that provides a prescription drug benefit regardless of 27 whether the coverage was issued in accordance with the standardization requirement 28 under 42 U.S.C. 1395ss(p)(1) (sec. 1882(p)(1) of the Social Security Act), as 29 amended; 30 (5) military coverage under 10 U.S.C. 1071 - 1110, as amended; or 31 (6) any other private plan that is identified by the department as
01 providing coverage actuarially equivalent to 42 U.S.C. 1395w-101 - 1395w-152 02 (Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003), as 03 amended. 04 (d) If an eligible individual has a prescription drug benefit that is specified in 05 (c) of this section, but that benefit does not require the individual to pay either a 06 premium or a deductible, the department may not pay a prescription drug benefit to the 07 individual under this section. 08 (e) The total prescription drug benefit that an eligible individual may receive 09 under this section in a fiscal year may not exceed the annual premium cost of a plan 10 identified in (c) of this section and any deductible required under 42 U.S.C. 1395w- 11 101 - 1395w-152 (Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act 12 of 2003), as amended. 13 (f) The department may not pay a prescription drug benefit under this section 14 to an individual who has a prescription drug benefit authorized under 15 (1) Medicaid under 42 U.S.C. 1396 - 1396v (Title XIX of the Social 16 Security Act), as amended; or 17 (2) a waiver under 42 U.S.C. 1315 (sec. 1115 of the Social Security 18 Act), as amended. 19 (g) An individual residing in a public institution, a nursing facility, the Alaska 20 Pioneers' Home, or the Alaska Veterans' Home is not eligible for a prescription drug 21 benefit under this section. For purposes of this subsection, an individual is not 22 considered to be residing in a public institution or nursing facility if the individual is 23 institutionalized for medical services for a period of less than three months and 24 continues to maintain and provide for the expenses of the individual's home or living 25 arrangement to which that individual may return upon discharge from the institution or 26 facility. 27 Sec. 47.45.330. Continuation of benefits. An eligible individual who leaves 28 the state may not receive a cash assistance benefit under AS 47.45.310 or prescription 29 drug benefit under AS 47.45.320 during the absence unless the individual's absence is 30 temporary and is for one of the following reasons: 31 (1) to receive medical treatment for the individual;
01 (2) to accompany the individual's family member who is receiving 02 medical treatment outside the state; or 03 (3) for a vacation, business trip, or other absence of less than 30 04 consecutive days, unless the individual has applied for and received a time extension 05 from the department for special circumstances. 06 Sec. 47.45.340. Appeal rights. An individual who receives a determination 07 from the department that denies, limits, or modifies a cash assistance benefit or 08 prescription drug benefit under AS 47.45.300 - 47.45.390, other than a determination 09 under AS 47.45.300(c) to reduce or eliminate benefits, may request a hearing before 10 the department under regulations adopted by the department. 11 Sec. 47.45.350. Ability to recover or recoup improper assistance benefits. 12 An individual is liable to the department for the value of assistance or benefits 13 improperly paid to the person under AS 47.45.310 or 47.45.320 if the improper 14 payment was based on inaccurate or incomplete information provided by the 15 individual. In a civil action brought by the state to recover from the individual the 16 value of assistance or benefits improperly paid under AS 47.45.310 or 47.45.320, the 17 state may recover from the individual the costs of investigation and prosecution of the 18 civil action, including attorney fees as determined under court rules. 19 Sec. 47.45.360. Alaska senior care fund. The Alaska senior care fund is 20 established as an account in the general fund. The fund shall be used by the 21 commissioner of health and social services to pay for costs incurred in the provision of 22 senior services under AS 47.45.300 - 47.45.390. The fund consists of 23 (1) money in the former senior care fund established in sec. 2, ch. 3, 24 SLA 2004; 25 (2) appropriations to the Alaska senior care fund; and 26 (3) any appropriation of interest earned on money in the Alaska senior 27 care fund. 28 Sec. 47.45.390. Definitions. In AS 47.45.300 - 47.45.390, 29 (1) "department" means the Department of Health and Social Services; 30 (2) "eligible individual" means an individual who meets the 31 requirements of AS 47.45.310 or 47.45.320 and regulations adopted under those
01 statutes for eligibility for the program; 02 (3) "family member" means a person who is 03 (A) legally related to an eligible individual through marriage or 04 guardianship; or 05 (B) an eligible individual's sibling, parent, grandparent, son, 06 daughter, grandson, granddaughter, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, or first cousin; 07 (4) "program" means the senior care program established in 08 AS 47.45.300 - 47.45.390; 09 (5) "public institution" means a governmentally owned establishment 10 that furnishes food, shelter, and some additional treatment or services to 16 or more 11 persons; "public institution" does not include the Alaska Pioneers' Home or Alaska 12 Veterans' Home; 13 (6) "resident" has the meaning given in AS 47.25.430(a). 14 * Sec. 3. AS 37.05.146(c) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read: 15 (78) the Alaska senior care fund (AS 47.45.360). 16 * Sec. 4. AS 09.38.015(a)(10); AS 37.05.146(c)(78); AS 47.45.300, 47.45.310, 47.45.320, 17 47.45.330, 47.45.340, 47.45.350, 47.45.360, 47.45.390; and secs. 5 - 7 of this Act are repealed 18 on the later of June 30, 2007, or the effective date under sec. 11 of this Act. 19 * Sec. 5. Chapter 3, SLA 2004, is repealed. 20 * Sec. 6. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 21 read: 22 TRANSITION: TRANSFER OF ASSETS TO THE ALASKA SENIOR CARE 23 FUND. Subject to appropriation, the assets of the senior care fund created by sec. 2, ch. 3, 24 SLA 2004, are transferred to the Alaska senior care fund (AS 47.45.360) established by sec. 2 25 of this Act. 26 * Sec. 7. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 27 read: 28 TRANSITION: REGULATIONS. (a) To the extent the regulations are not 29 inconsistent with this Act, regulations adopted by the Department of Health and Social 30 Services in 2003 to provide cash assistance of $120 a month to seniors that were in effect on 31 June 29, 2004, remain applicable and in effect as valid regulations until the Department of
01 Health and Social Services adopts regulations under this Act and those regulations take effect 02 under AS 44.62. 03 (b) The Department of Health and Social Services may proceed to adopt regulations 04 to implement the changes made by this Act. The regulations take effect under AS 44.62 05 (Administrative Procedure Act), but not before the effective date of the statutory changes. 06 * Sec. 8. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 07 read: 08 DUTY OF COMMISSIONER TO NOTIFY REVISOR OF STATUTES. The 09 commissioner of health and social services shall notify the revisor of statues when 42 U.S.C. 10 1395w-101 - 1395w-152 (Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act 11 of 2003) is operational for recipients in this state, as communicated to the commissioner of 12 health and social services by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. 13 * Sec. 9. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 14 read: 15 FUND REVERSION. The unobligated, unencumbered, and unappropriated balance 16 of the Alaska senior care fund established in AS 47.45.360, added by sec. 2 of this Act, 17 reverts to the unreserved general fund on June 30, 2007. 18 * Sec. 10. Sections 7(b) and 8 of this Act take effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c). 19 * Sec. 11. Except as provided in sec. 10 of this Act, this Act takes effect on the date that the 20 commissioner of health and social services notifies the revisor of statutes that 42 U.S.C. 21 1395w-101 - 1395w-152 (Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act 22 of 2003) is operational for recipients in this state, as communicated to the commissioner of 23 health and social services by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.