senate Bill S5735A

Relates to veterans health care options and requires the division of veterans' affairs to post certain information on its website

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 10 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 15 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 15 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 5735A
  • 06 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.592
  • 07 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 12 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Summary

Relates to veterans health care options and requires the division of veterans' affairs to post certain information on its website.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9988
Versions:
S5735
S5735A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §353, Exec L; add §2803-t, Pub Health L

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BILL NUMBER:S5735A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law and the public
health law, in relation to health care options for veterans

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This bill requires the division of veteran affairs to maintain a fact
sheet on their website containing contact information for all veterans
integrated service networks located within the state and contact
information for the United States veterans health administration.
Hospitals will then be required to provide veteran patients with a
copy of the fact sheet maintained by the division.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section One adds a new subdivision 22 to section 353 of the Executive
law, directing the division of veterans' affairs to maintain a fact
sheet containing current contact information for all veterans
integrated service networks located within the state and current
contact information for the United States veterans health
administrator.

Section Two adds a new section 2803-t to the public health law,
requiring hospitals to distribute the fact sheet to any veteran being
discharged.

Section Three is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

The health care system is complex and sometimes difficult for
consumers to navigate. This bill will ensure that the men and women
who have honorably served our country, are aware of the various health
care options available to them and to assist our veterans in gathering
contact information for the various state and federal agencies that
exist to assist them in determine the best course of action.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately; provided however, that section
one of this act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law; and provided further that section two of this act
shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have
become law.

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

                                 5735--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 10, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ZELDIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs -- recommitted to the Committee  on  Veterans,
  Homeland  Security and Military Affairs in accordance with Senate Rule
  6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted  as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the executive law and the public health law, in relation
  to health care options for veterans

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

  Section 1. Section 353 of the executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 22 to read as follows:
  22. TO MAINTAIN A FACT SHEET ON THE DIVISION'S WEBPAGE CONTAINING  (A)
CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ALL VETERANS INTEGRATED SERVICE NETWORKS
LOCATED  WITHIN  THE  STATE  AND (B) CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE
UNITED STATES VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION. THE FACT  SHEET  SHALL  BE
ENTITLED, "INFORMATION FOR VETERANS CONCERNING HEALTH CARE OPTIONS."
  S  2. The  public health law is amended by adding a new section 2803-t
to read as follows:
  S 2803-T. DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION  FOR  VETERANS  CONCERNING  HEALTH
CARE OPTIONS. 1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION:
  A.  "INFORMATION  FOR  VETERANS  CONCERNING HEALTH CARE OPTIONS" SHALL
MEAN THE FACT SHEET MAINTAINED BY  THE  DIVISION  OF  VETERANS'  AFFAIRS
PURSUANT  TO SUBDIVISION TWENTY-TWO OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE
OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW.
  B. "VETERAN" SHALL MEAN A PERSON, MALE OR FEMALE, WHO  HAS  SERVED  IN
THE  ACTIVE  MILITARY OR NAVAL SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES DURING A WAR
IN WHICH THE UNITED STATES ENGAGED AND WHO HAS BEEN RELEASED  FROM  SUCH
SERVICE  OTHERWISE  THAN  BY  DISHONORABLE  DISCHARGE,  OR  WHO HAS BEEN
FURLOUGHED TO THE RESERVE.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11278-02-4

S. 5735--A                          2

  2. UPON ADMISSION TO A HOSPITAL, EACH PATIENT SHALL BE ASKED  IF  THEY
ARE  A VETERAN. IF THE PATIENT RESPONDS IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE HOSPITAL
MUST PROVIDE THE PATIENT WITH A COPY OF THE  "INFORMATION  FOR  VETERANS
CONCERNING  HEALTH  CARE  OPTIONS"  FACT SHEET, PRIOR TO DISCHARGING THE
PATIENT.
  3.  NO  CAUSE OF ACTION OF ANY NATURE OR KIND ARISING OUT OF A FAILURE
TO GIVE OR RECEIVE THE NOTICE REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION SHALL  ACCRUE  TO
ANY PERSON AGAINST THE STATE OR ANY SUBDIVISION OR AGENCY THEREOF OR ANY
HOSPITAL.
  S  3.  This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that
section one of this act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after  it
shall  have  become a law; and provided further that section two of this
act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

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