senate Bill S1426A

Establishes a Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs within the department of health

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 29 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • 29 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 1426A

Summary

Establishes a Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs within the department of health to assess the asthma risk factors for the minority citizens of our state, counties and regions; identifies the existing barriers to quality asthma treatment and care among minorities; develop action steps for addressing care issues; launches a state-wide asthma awareness campaign to educate our citizens about the disease; requires report.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7436A
Versions:
S1426
S1426A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Health
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S4550A, A7003A
2009-2010: S4157A, A5366A
2007-2008: S7030, A9515

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BILL NUMBER:S1426A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to establish a Minority Coordinating Council on
Asthmatic Affairs

PURPOSE: To create a coordinating council to improve prevention and
treatment of asthma.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Would require the commissioner of health to
establish a Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs, and to
appoint as many members as he or she deems appropriate. The council
would be required to assess the asthma risk factors for minority
citizens in NY, identify existing barrier to quality asthma treatment
and care among minorities, develop action steps for addressing care
issues, and launch a state-wide asthma awareness campaign.

JUSTIFICATION: According to the American Lung Association, there are
over 1.6 million New Yorkers with asthma, with over 380,000 of them
being children. The annual cost of asthma is estimated to be nearly
18 billion dollars. Access to health care for ethnic minorities is
often hampered by socioeconomic disparities, shortages of primary care
physicians in minority communities, language and literacy barriers,
and cultural beliefs about the role and usefulness of medicines.
There have emerged clear disparities in the burden and treatment of
asthma in the communities of ethnic minorities. The burden of asthma
falls disproportionately on the African American and Hispanic
populations, and especially on children of these ethnic minorities.
Therefore, it is the intent of this legislature to create a
coordinating council to address these issues and to improve awareness
and management of asthma prevention and treatment for minorities in
this state.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009/2010: S.4157-A - Health Committee
2011-2012: S.4550-A - Died in Committee 2013: S.1426 - Died in
Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1426--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  MONTGOMERY  -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health -- recommitted
  to the Committee on Health in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to establish a Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. According to the  American
Lung  Association,  there  are over 1.6 million New Yorkers with asthma,
with over 380,000 of them being children. The annual cost of  asthma  is
estimated  to  be  nearly  18 billion dollars. Access to health care for
ethnic minorities is often hampered by socio-economic disparities, shor-
tages of primary care physicians in minority communities,  language  and
literacy barriers, and cultural beliefs about the role and usefulness of
medicines. There have emerged clear disparities in the burden and treat-
ment  of  asthma  in the communities of ethnic minorities. The burden of
asthma falls disproportionately on  the  African-American  and  Hispanic
populations,  and  especially  on  children  of these ethnic minorities.
Therefore, it is the intent of this legislature to create a coordinating
council to address these issues and to improve awareness and  management
of asthma prevention and treatment for minorities in this state.
  S  2. The commissioner of health shall establish a Minority Coordinat-
ing Council on Asthmatic Affairs. The commissioner shall appoint as many
members as he or she  determines  appropriate.  Such  members  shall  be
representative  of  those regions of the state with significant minority
populations and shall include health care professionals  with  knowledge
and  experience  in  the  prevention  and treatment of asthma and in the
areas of public health care funding. The council shall be  tasked  with:
(a)  assessing the asthma risk factors for the minority citizens of this

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03978-02-4

S. 1426--A                          2

state, its counties and regions; (b) identifying the  existing  barriers
to  quality  asthma  treatment and care among minorities; (c) developing
action steps for addressing care issues; and (d) launching a  state-wide
asthma  awareness  campaign  to  educate citizens about the disease, its
symptoms, and the ability to better manage asthma through prevention and
treatment. The council shall deliver an annual report addressing various
asthma program successes, new trends, data and issues surrounding minor-
ity populations suffering from asthma to the governor and  the  legisla-
ture beginning September 1, 2016, and annually thereafter.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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