Issues: Insurance

Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator Neil D. Breslin, Chair 11:00 AM, Monday, March 22, 2010 Room 124 CAP

March 22, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator Neil D. Breslin, Chair 11:00 AM, Monday, March 8, 2010 Room 124 CAP

March 8, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Op-Ed: State needs to confront autism epidemic

Autism is now recognized as a medical condition requiring treatment and health insurance coverage, but there is no such coverage.

February 14, 2010
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Breslin Bill Qualifies Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers for More Affordable Health Insurance

For Immediate Release: February 9, 2010

Evan  Schneider | 518.455.2225 | eschneid@senate.state.ny.us

(Albany, NY) – The New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S5111) sponsored by Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Delmar), Chair of the Insurance Committee, which recognizes and rewards men and women who volunteer in their local fire or ambulance companies by permitting any public corporation to extend health services and insurance to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers.

February 9, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator Neil D. Breslin, Chair 11:00 AM, Monday, February 8, 2010 Room 123 CAP

February 8, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Insurance Committee On No Fault Fraud

Committed to identifying the causes and solutions of insurance fraud, Senator Neil D. Breslin, Chair of Senate Standing Committee on Insurance, will be holding a hearing on Thursday, February 4th in Albany to explore the cost of fraud to the state’s no-fault system. New York’s auto insurers have seen their typical no-fault payment for the medical care of accident victims rise from $5,500 in 2004 to $9,000 per claim in 2009.  Experts estimate that each individual’s automobile insurance premium contributes to this insurance fraud. 

February 4, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Senate Insurance Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Medical Malpractice Reform

Senator Neil D. Breslin, Chair of the Committee on Insurance along with Senator Thomas K. Duane, Chair of the Committee on Health and Senator Eric T. Schneiderman, Chair of the Committee on Codes will hold a hearing to explore the fundamental causes of high medical malpractice costs and potential solutions.  

November 30, 2009
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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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