S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 9, 2013
Introduced by Sens. AVELLA, ADDABBO, GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered
printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health
AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to providing all
blind and visually impaired patients with an audio recording of the
discharge plan and preadmission information
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Subdivision 9 of section 2803-i of the public health law is
renumbered subdivision 10 and a new subdivision 9 is added to read as
9. UPON DISCHARGE OF A BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PATIENT, A HOSPITAL
SHALL OFFER TO PROVIDE THE PATIENT'S DISCHARGE PLAN AS AN AUDIO RECORD-
ING, TO BE MADE AVAILABLE ACCORDING TO THE PREFERENCE OF SUCH PATIENT OR
SUCH PATIENT'S REPRESENTATIVE ON COMPACT DISC OR OTHER MEDIUM AS THE
HOSPITAL MAY OFFER, OR AS AN ELECTRONICALLY TRANSMITTED DIGITAL FILE, IN
ADDITION TO A WRITTEN COPY OF THE DISCHARGE PLAN.
S 2. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 2803-t
to read as follows:
S 2803-T. PREADMISSION INFORMATION. ANY HOSPITAL THAT PROVIDES PREAD-
MISSION INFORMATION TO A PATIENT, SHALL OFFER A BLIND OR VISUALLY
IMPAIRED PATIENT SUCH INFORMATION AS AN AUDIO RECORDING, TO BE MADE
AVAILABLE ACCORDING TO THE PREFERENCE OF SUCH PATIENT OR SUCH PATIENT'S
REPRESENTATIVE ON COMPACT DISC OR OTHER MEDIUM AS THE HOSPITAL MAY
OFFER, OR AS AN ELECTRONICALLY TRANSMITTED DIGITAL FILE, IN ADDITION TO
A WRITTEN COPY OF ANY PREADMISSION INFORMATION.
S 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.