Bill Text: NJ A5312 | 2018-2019 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Requires Commissioner of Human Services to streamline SNAP application process for senior citizens and conduct outreach regarding senior SNAP participation.

Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Democrat 10-1)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-06-20 - Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee [A5312 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2018-A5312-Amended.html

[First Reprint]

ASSEMBLY, No. 5312

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MAY 13, 2019

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  JOHN ARMATO

District 2 (Atlantic)

Assemblyman  ROY FREIMAN

District 16 (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset)

Assemblyman  R. BRUCE LAND

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires Commissioner of Human Services to streamline SNAP application process for senior citizens and conduct outreach regarding senior SNAP participation.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As reported by the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee on May 20, 2019, with amendments.

  


An Act concerning the participation of senior citizens in the New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and supplementing Title 44 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a.  The Commissioner of Human Services, to the maximum extent permissible under federal law, shall review and streamline the SNAP application process for senior citizens, as provided in this section.  The goal of the streamlining process shall be to ensure that the number of senior SNAP participants either matches or exceeds the national average.

     b.    In streamlining the SNAP application process for seniors, as required by this section, the commissioner shall, at a minimum:

     (1)   develop and make available a simplified SNAP application form for use by seniors;

     (2)   provide for the increased sharing of data between the State's various social services programs and platforms1[, in order to ensure that senior citizens are able to apply for SNAP benefits through multiple points of entry]1; and

     (3)   authorize, and establish appropriate procedures to facilitate, the simultaneous or cross enrollment of eligible seniors in the Medicaid program and SNAP.

     c.     The Department of Human Services, working in consultation and cooperation with relevant senior citizen advocacy organizations, shall engage in comprehensive outreach efforts 1[and public awareness campaigns]1 to ensure that all eligible seniors are made aware of their ability to apply for and obtain SNAP benefits through a streamlined and expedited process.  At a minimum, the department shall provide outreach at all health care facilities, 1[long-term care facilities, county welfare agencies, and other]1 social service agencies that serve seniors in the State1, and other organizations focused on food assistance1, and shall use all available media, including print, radio, television, and the Internet, to 1[advertise] inform residents on1 the availability of the streamlined SNAP application process established pursuant to this section.

     d.    1The Commissioner of Human Services shall apply to the Food and Nutrition Service within the United States Department of Agriculture for any necessary waivers or approvals to implement the provisions of this section.

     e.1   As used in this section:

     "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Human Services.

     "Department" means the Department of Human Services"

     "Medicaid program" means the State Medicaid program, established pursuant to P.L.1968, c.413 (C.30:4D-1 et seq.).

     "Senior citizen" or "senior" means a person who is 1[65] 601 years of age or older.

     "SNAP" means the New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, established pursuant to the federal "Food and Nutrition Act of 2008," Pub.L.110-246 (7 U.S.C. s.2011 et seq.) 1[and P.L.1998, c.32 (C.44:10-79 et seq.)]1.

 

     2.    The Commissioner of Human Services shall adopt rules and regulations, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.

 

     3.    This act shall take effect immediately.

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