Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 79/10 under the Long Term Care Homes Act, 2007 related to Automated Income Verification
Bill or Act:
Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007
Summary of Proposal:
The Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 (LTCHA) and Ontario Regulation 79/10 (Regulation) are the main legislative authority for improving the financial accountability of long-term care homes.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proposing an amendment to the Regulation to allow Long-Term Care (LTC) Rate Reduction Program applicants the following options as an alternative to submitting a NOA document with their application form:
-provide a copy of a Proof of Income Statement (Option-C Print); or
-electronically access resident income information from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) using an Automated Income Verification (AIV) system upon written authorization.
Currently, applicants of the Long-Term Care Rate Reduction Program are required to submit a Notice of Assessment (NOA) with their application for a reduced co-payment rate. However, not all applicants are able to obtain a copy of their NOA as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) only issues it once a year, leading applicants to often encounter delays in submitting their application. Upon request for a lost/new NOA document, the CRA provides other documents, such as the Proof of Income Statement (Option-C Print). This limits applicants from applying for a reduced rate if they are unable to provide a NOA mid-year. The proposed changes would allow applicants to submit the Proof of Income Statement (Option-C Print) or provide consent to have their income information verified electronically as an alternative to submitting their paper-based NOA form.
The Ministry is proposing that the amendments, if approved, would come into effect on May 1, 2018.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
This regulatory amendment will not result in any new costs to LTC Homes, government or residents/applicants.
The small business lens does not apply to the proposed regulation, as there are no costs to small business.
Automated Income Verification is an opportunity for residents, should they agree to consent to it, to lessen administrative burden in applying for rate reduction as they may not have ready access to their NOA.
February 9, 2018
Comments Due Date:
March 10, 2018
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Long-Term Care Homes Division
1075 Bay Street, 11th Floor, Suite 1100
Toronto, ON M5S 2B1