senate Bill S5117A

Relates to vision care provided by managed care providers through school based health centers

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 10 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 5117A
  • 10 / Jun / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1613
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A7342A

Summary

Enacts provisions to provide for vision care by managed care providers through school based health centers; creates a pilot program.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7342A
Versions:
S5117
S5117A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง364-j, Soc Serv L

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BILL NUMBER:S5117A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation
to vision care in school based health centers

PURPOSE OF THE BILL:

To enhance the availability of vision care services in a school-based
health center setting.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends section 364-j(4)(a)(iii) of the Social Services Law
by adding a new clause (E-1) adding certain vision care services at a
school-based health center to the list of services which need not be
provided by a managed care program. Such services, subject to approval
by the Commissioner of Health (limited to up to five pilot programs),
would be in partnership with a charitable foundation that agrees to
provide free of charge eye glass frames and lenses at the center
pursuant to a memorandum of agreement approved by the Commissioner The
Commissioner is further authorized to approve payment rates for vision
services at rates comparable to when such services are provided at a
federally qualified health center (FQHC) or an entity licensed under
Article 28 of the Public Health Law eligible for an ambulatory patient
group (APG) rate.

Section 2 sets forth the effective date,

JUSTIFICATION:

The FY2013-14 adopted budget included support for an innovative
program designed to transform schools into community hubs. Community
schools will integrate social, health and other services, as well as
after-school programming to support students and their families. Each
community "hub" could potentially include a wide array of programs and
services, including health, vision care and dental clinics, youth
development activities, tutoring, counseling programs, health
education programs and social services, to name a few. Because every
school community is different, each "hub" design would be unique. This
bill deals exclusively with vision care services.

Successful precedent exists for a vision care program in a community
school setting. The acclaimed Oyler School vision program in
Cincinnati has proven sustainable and expandable. Implementation of
this model in New York is crucial.. Eighty percent of what children
learn is visual. Yet one in four students in North America has an
undetected vision problem. For too many children, poor vision results
in poor academic performance, low self-esteem and unrealized
potential. Bridging this vision care gap is critical to our children's
success.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

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FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:


In the first year there would be no cost to the State or political
subdivisions. All services and lenses and frames will be funded by a
private foundation with the approval of the Commissioner of Health and
subject to regulation and termination at the discretion of DOH. In
subsequent years Medicaid would fund the vision care services provided
by doctors, optometrists, and opticians under current NYS scope of
practice law and rules and the lenses and frames would continue to be
paid for by the foundation. Therefore, there would be some increased
Medicaid cost of greater utilization of child vision care services but
the State would continue to save on Medicaid expenditures it now make
for lenses and frames.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately, application to withholding of payment in effect on or
commencing after the effective date.

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

                                 5117--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 10, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed  to  the  Committee  on  Health  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the social services law, in relation to vision care in
  school based health centers

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

  Section  1.  Subparagraph  (iii)  of paragraph (a) of subdivision 4 of
section 364-j of the social services law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
clause (E-1) to read as follows:
  (E-1) THE SERVICES ARE VISION CARE SERVICES RENDERED TO A STUDENT AT A
SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CENTER APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER PURSUANT TO THIS
CLAUSE. THE COMMISSIONER MAY APPROVE UP TO FIVE PILOT PROGRAMS AT SCHOOL
BASED  HEALTH  CENTERS  IN PARTNERSHIP WITH A CHARITABLE FOUNDATION THAT
AGREES TO PROVIDE FREE OF CHARGE  EYEGLASS  FRAMES  AND  LENSES  AT  THE
CENTERS  PURSUANT  TO  A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT APPROVED BY THE COMMIS-
SIONER. THE COMMISSIONER MAY APPROVE  THE  RATE  FOR  SUCH  VISION  CARE
SERVICES  AT  THE  RATE  FOR  SUCH SERVICES WHEN PROVIDED BY A FEDERALLY
QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTER OR WHEN  PROVIDED  BY  ANOTHER  ENTITY  LICENSED
PURSUANT  TO  ARTICLE TWENTY-EIGHT OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW AND ELIGIBLE
FOR THE AMBULATORY PATIENT GROUP RATE APPROVED FOR VISION CARE  SERVICES
BY THE COMMISSIONER; OR
  S  2.  This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that
the amendments to section 364-j of  the  social  services  law  made  by
section  one of this act shall not affect the repeal of such section and
shall expire and be deemed repealed therewith.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10611-03-3

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