Bill Text: NY A01571 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Makes an appropriation to reimburse St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway for costs incurred as a result of remaining open and providing services to the community during and after Hurricane Sandy.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 7-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-15 - referred to ways and means [A01571 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A01571-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          1571
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 15, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced by M. of A. PHEFFER AMATO, TITUS, COOK, BLAKE, D'URSO, ORTIZ,
          HYNDMAN -- read once and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
        AN  ACT making an appropriation to reimburse St. John's Episcopal Hospi-
          tal in Far Rockaway for costs incurred as a result of  remaining  open
          and  providing  services  to  the community during and after Hurricane
          Sandy
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature finds that St. John's
     2  Episcopal  Hospital,  located  in Far Rockaway, in the county of Queens,
     3  remained open and provided services to the community  during  and  after
     4  the  storms, rains, or floods which occurred during the period beginning
     5  on October 29, 2012 and ending November  3,  2012  known  as  "Hurricane
     6  Sandy."  As  a  result  of  remaining open and providing services to the
     7  community during Hurricane Sandy, St. John's Episcopal Hospital incurred
     8  many additional expenses and losses, including, but not limited to:
     9    a. uncompensated care that does not meet DMS/HHS  criteria  for  acute
    10  care  reimbursement,  including  providing  care  for patients requiring
    11  dialysis or a ventilator who do not have a residence, nursing  home,  or
    12  adult home to return to;
    13    b.  providing  shelter, clothing, and meals to residents and staff who
    14  lost homes or were temporarily unable to return to their residences. St.
    15  John's Episcopal Hospital provided more than 2,000 meals a  day  between
    16  October 28, 2012 and November 12, 2012;
    17    c. lost revenue due to cancelled surgery and ambulatory services;
    18    d.  lost  revenue due to the detoxification unit being closed in order
    19  to provide shelter services;
    20    e. additional staffing and overtime expenditures;
    21    f. electrical technician services, the operation  of  back-up  genera-
    22  tors, and fuel costs for the generators.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03724-01-9

        A. 1571                             2
     1    §  2.  The  sum  of four million three hundred thirty thousand dollars
     2  ($4,330,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, is  hereby  appro-
     3  priated  out  of any moneys in the general fund of the state treasury to
     4  the credit of the state purposes account not otherwise appropriated  for
     5  payment  to  St.  John's Episcopal Hospital, located in Far Rockaway, in
     6  the county of Queens, for costs incurred as a result of  remaining  open
     7  and  providing  services  to  the  community  during and after Hurricane
     8  Sandy. The amount hereby appropriated shall be  payable  to  St.  John's
     9  Episcopal  Hospital  on  the  audit  and warrant of the comptroller on a
    10  voucher certified or approved in the manner prescribed by law.
    11    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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