Issues: Insurance

Senate Passes Landmark Consumer Protection Legislation

For Immediate Release: November 17, 2009

Kate Powers | kpowers@senate.state.ny.us| 518-455-2225

(Albany, NY) - New York State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Delmar) is pleased to announce that legislation, which he sponsored, passed the Senate this week. This legislation regulates the growing life settlement market in New York ensuring that, among other things, the medical and financial information of those who enter into a life settlement transaction is protected.

November 17, 2009
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Public Hearing on Medical Malpractice Reform

On December 1st, 2009, the New York State Senate Committees on Insurance, Health and Codes will be holding a public hearing on medical malpractice reform. The purpose of this hearing is to (1) identify the fundamental causes of high medical malpractice costs; (2) explore potential solutions to help create a medical malpractice system that encourages accessible, quality medical care; (3) promote patient safety; (4) treat victims of malpractice fairly; (5) sets reasonable insurance costs for health providers; and (6) promotes a healthy marketplace for medical liability insurers.

November 17, 2009
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Ian's Law Press Conference Highlights

Sen. Schneiderman introduced Ian's Law in the New York State Senate to protect patients from egregious insurance industry practices. Among other things, it makes it illegal for insurers to drop entire classes of insurance as a pretext to deny coverage to individual policyholders.

November 6, 2009
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Sens. Schneiderman and Breslin Introduce Groundbreaking Legislation To Protect Patients From Insurance Industry Abuses

Ian’s Law Bans Egregious Insurance Practices That Deny Care To Protect Profits  

November 6, 2009
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CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEW "AGE 29" INSURANCE COVERAGE EXPANSION

Recently, State legislation was signed into law extending health insurance coverage to the unmarried child of an insured individual through age 29.

November 2, 2009
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Senator Johnson Testifies Before Senate Autism Hearing

 

Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau)  and representatives from Austim Speaks addressed the Senate Standing Committee on Insurance during an Oct. 23, 2009 hearing on the insurance industry's role in the treatment of Autism. During this testimony, Senator Johnson urged the Senate Insurance Committee to pass (S.2366)  legislation that would require private insurance companies to cover some of the costs associated with the treatment of Autism. 

 

October 24, 2009
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October 23, 2009
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: FAMILIES NEED IMMEDIATE ACTION ON AUTISM INSURANCE REFORM

Calls on Leadership in Senate and Assembly to Bring Fuschillo/Weisenberg Legislation to a Vote

September 30, 2009
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Public Hearing: Public Hearing: Health Insurance and Autism Disorders

SUBJECT: The role of health insurance in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this hearing is to (1) explore the health care needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families; (2) explore what health insurers, the federal government, state and local governments and educational institutions are doing to meet those needs; and (3) explore whether health insurers should be mandated to provide coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

October 23, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Public Hearing on Autism Spectrum Disorder

On October 23, 2009, New York State Senate Committees on Insurance, Health, and Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities will hold a public hearing on the role of health insurance in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder.  Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one of the fastest growing neurodevelopmental disabilities in America.  Accord

October 23, 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Public Hearing on Autism Spectrum Disorder

On October 23, 2009, New York State Senate Committees on Insurance, Health, and Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities will hold a public hearing on the role of health insurance in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder.  Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one of the fastest growing neurodevelopmental disabilities in America.  Accord

September 21, 2009
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Dependent Coverage Extension (Age 29) and COBRA Expansion (36 Months)

The Department of Insurance is updating its web site, daily, to provide information and guidance to help consumers and insurers to understand and implement the new laws.

The web address is: www.ins.state.ny.us

Once on the website, information on both of these laws can be found by scrolling down to the "Hot Topic" section.

August 17, 2009
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Legislation Extending Affordable Health Insurance Coverage to Young Adults Through the Age of 29 is Signed by Governor Paterson

Thursday July 30, 2009

(Albany, New York)- As chair of the Insurance Committee, Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Delmar) is pleased to announce legislation (S6030) he sponsored has been signed by Governor Paterson. This legislation improves access to affordable health insurance for young adults between the ages of 19-29.

July 30, 2009
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Historic Managed Care Reform Bill Is Signed into Law by the Governor

Thursday July 30, 2009

(Albany, New York)- New York State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Delmar) is pleased to announce legislation (S5472A) which he sponsored has been signed into law by Governor Paterson. This legislation further reforms the way managed care is delivered in New York State, to bring additional parity and fairness between patients, hospitals, physicians, and health plans.

July 30, 2009
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State Senate Extends COBRA Healthcare Benefits

State Senate Extends COBRA Healthcare Benefits

Extends Health Insurance Coverage From 18 to 36 Months.

Tuesday July 21, 2009

July 22, 2009
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State Senate Passes Senator Breslin’s Bill Authorizing Demonstration Program to Make Health Insurance More Affordable

Tuesday  July 21, 2009

(Albany, New York)- State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Delmar) is pleased to announce that legislation he sponsored, Senate bill 4602A, was passed by the New York State Senate last week.  This legislation will provide more affordable health insurance options to independent contractors, part-time workers, temporary workers and other individuals.

July 22, 2009
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Senate Insurance Committee Agenda

COMMITTEE AGENDA

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON INSURANCE

Senator Neil D. Breslin, Chair

11:00 AM, Monday, June 8, 2009

Room 124 CAP

The committee will consider the following nominations.

Eileen Frank, Commissioner of the State Insurance Fund;

 

June 4, 2009
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Senate Insurance Committee Votes to Extend COBRA Benefits

Extends Health Insurance Coverage From 18 to 36 Months.

(Albany, NY)-Today Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D- Jamaica) announced that the New York State Senate  passed S.5471 through the Insurance Committee,  legislation that will protect workers who have lost their jobs in today’s economic downturn by ensuring that their health insurance coverage is extended from 18 to 36 months.

June 3, 2009
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Senate Insurance Committee Votes to Extend COBRA Benefits

June 2, 2009

Senate Insurance Committee Votes to Extend COBRA BenefitsExtends Health Insurance Coverage From 18 to 36 Months.

(Albany, NY)- Senator Breslin (D-Delmar) announced today that the New York State Senate passed S5471 through the Insurance Committee. This legislation will protect workers who have lost their jobs in the current economic downturn by ensuring that their health insurance coverage is extended from 18 to 36 months.

June 2, 2009
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Legislative Breakfast Briefing on the Adirondack Region Medical Home

Senator Neil BreslinChairman of the Senate Insurance CommitteeAndAssemblyman Joseph D. MorelleChairman of the Assembly Insurance Committee

Invite you to a Legislative Breakfast Briefing on the Adirondack Region Medical Home

June 2, 20098:00 am – 10:00 amLegislative Office Building Room 711-A

This is a unique opportunity to learn about and discuss next steps for this ground-breaking program just passed by New York’s Legislators!

June 1, 2009
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