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  • NJ A152
  • Increases personal needs allowance to at least $50 for low-income persons residing in certain facilities.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill increases to a minimum of $50 the monthly personal needs allowance (PNA) which may be provided to persons who reside in nursing facilities, State or county psychiatric hospitals, and State developmental centers and who are eligible for Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. The PNA is used for purchasing personal items such as clothing, grooming aids, newspapers, and other items that are not regularly provided by the facility in which the person resides. The bill also provides for annual adjustment to be made to these amounts based on the federal cost-of-living increase. This has been the practice for persons who reside in rooming or boarding houses and residential health care facilities. In the case of persons who receive SSI public assistance, the bill further provides that the Commissioner of Human Services is to administer the increase provided for in the bill if the federal government, which provides the $30 basic monthly allowance, cannot administer the increase. Current law provides that the commissioner is to ensure that the increase is not counted as income for the SSI recipient and thereby deducted from the person's federal payment.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Budget and Appropriations, Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, Human Services, Passed Assembly
Transferred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee  (on 11/3/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
11/3/2016 S Transferred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
4/21/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee
3/14/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (57-17-1)
3/7/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
3/7/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 3/7/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
3/3/2016 A Transferred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Human Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 3/14/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 57 17 6
Detail 3/7/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 8 1 2