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  • NJ A1639
  • Increases personal needs allowance to $50 for recipients of Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income who are veterans or spouses of veterans and provides for annual cost-of-living increase in allowance.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(11/3/2016)
Crossed Over
(10/20/2016)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would increase the personal needs allowance for veterans and their spouses who are recipients of Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and reside in a nursing home or developmental center, or are patients in a psychiatric hospital. This allowance is used to purchase personal items, such as clothing, grooming aids, newspapers, and other items not regularly provided by the facility in which they reside. For Medicaid recipients who are veterans or the spouses of veterans, the monthly personal needs allowance would be increased from $35 to $50. For recipients of SSI who are veterans or the spouses of veterans, the monthly personal needs allowance would be increased from $40 to $50. The bill further provides that these amounts will be increased annually, on January 1 of each year, by the same percentage as the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security benefits that year. In the case of SSI recipients, the bill provides that the Commissioner of Human Services shall administer the $10 increase provided in the bill if the federal government, which provides the basic allowance, cannot administer the increase. The bill also directs the Commissioner of Human Services to apply to the federal government for such Medicaid State plan amendments as may be necessary to increase the personal needs allowance for Medicaid recipients, and to seek federal government approval for the commissioner's administrative plan to implement the increase for SSI recipients. The respective increases provided for in the bill will not be operative until such time as the commissioner receives federal approval for the Medicaid State plan amendment and the commissioner's SSI administrative plan.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Budget and Appropriations, Military and Veterans' Affairs, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee  (on 11/3/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
11/3/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
10/20/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (73-0-0)
10/6/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (12:00 10/6/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
10/6/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
10/6/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 10/6/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
5/19/2016 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
5/19/2016 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Hearing (10:00 5/19/2016 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 10/20/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 73 0 7
Detail 10/6/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 10 0 1
Detail 5/19/2016 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee: Reported Favorably 6 0 0