H.P. 1795 - L.D. 2518
An Act to Amend the Elderly Low-cost Drug Program
Emergency preamble. Whereas, Acts of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, Public Law 1999, chapter 401 amended the elderly low-cost drug program and made people that were eligible for the program no longer eligible; and
Whereas, it is necessary to pass this Act as an emergency so that people may qualify for the elderly low-cost drug program; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §254, sub-§§9 and 10, as enacted by PL 1999, c. 401, Pt. KKK, §1 and affected by §10 and c. 531, Pt. F, §2, are amended to read:
9. Household income. "Household income," for the purposes of this section, means all income, as defined in Title 36, section 6201, subsection 9, received by all persons of a household in a calendar year while members of the household;
10. Eligible individuals. To be eligible for the program, an individual must be:
A. At least 62 years of age; or
B. Nineteen years of age or older and determined to be disabled by the standards of the federal social security program
Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §254, sub-§11 is enacted to read:
11. Retention of eligibility. A person who was eligible for the program at any time from August 1, 1998 to July 31, 1999 and who does not meet the requirements of subsection 10 retains eligibility for the program until February 28, 2001 if that person is a member of a household of an eligible person.
Sec. 3. Legislation. The Joint Standing Committee on Taxation may report out to the Second Regular Session of the 119th Legislature a bill that addresses eligibility for the elderly low-cost drug program beyond February 28, 2001 for persons covered by this Act.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this Act takes effect when approved.
Effective March 14, 2000.
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