senate Bill S7590

Authorizes the commissioner of health to establish a public outreach campaign regarding spina bifida prevention and awareness

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 15 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH

Summary

Authorizes the commissioner of health to establish a public outreach campaign regarding spina bifida prevention and awareness.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5933A
Versions:
S7590
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง207, Pub Health L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7590

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
the spina bifida education and outreach program

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this legislation is to help prevent Spina Bifida and
raise awareness to help educate the public regarding this birth defect
by authorizing the commissioner of health to establish a public
outreach campaign.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Subdivision 1 of section 207 of the public health law is amended by
chapter 471 by adding the following: Spina bifida, a permanently
disabling birth defect occurring at the end of the first month of
pregnancy which involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord
or its coverings, and the importance of encouraging all women in their
childbearing years to increase their folic acid intake in order to
reduce the incidence of spina bifida.

JUSTIFICATION:

Spina Bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in
the United States. This disability involves the incomplete development
of the spinal cord in the first month of pregnancy. Approximately
70,000 Americans currently live with Spina Bifida. Seven out of every
10,000 births in the United States is a baby with Spina Bifida. This
amounts to about 5 babies born each day with Spina Bifida.

An estimated 4,000 New Yorkers are living with Spina Bifida. Health
and support services are critical to their well being. Folic acid is
the single most effective weapon against Spina Bifida. Studies have
shown that taking folic acid decreases the risk for neural tube
defects by up to 70 percent if all women took folic acid daily prior
to and during pregnancy. It is estimated that 50 percent of all
pregnancies are unplanned; folic acid education can help women of
child-bearing age understand the benefits of taking folic acid.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2007/08 - A10799A - Referred to Health
2009/10 A6951 - Referred to Health
2011/12 - A1884 - Ref to Ways and Means
2013 - A5933 - Passed Assembly

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7590

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. ESPAILLAT -- 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 the spina bifida
  education and outreach program

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  1 of section 207 of the public health law is
amended by adding a new paragraph (j) to read as follows:
  (J) SPINA BIFIDA, A PERMANENTLY DISABLING BIRTH  DEFECT  OCCURRING  AT
THE  END  OF  THE FIRST MONTH OF PREGNANCY WHICH INVOLVES THE INCOMPLETE
DEVELOPMENT OF THE SPINAL CORD OR ITS COVERINGS, AND THE  IMPORTANCE  OF
ENCOURAGING  ALL  WOMEN  IN  THEIR CHILD-BEARING YEARS TO INCREASE THEIR
FOLIC ACID INTAKE IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF SPINA BIFIDA.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.







 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09367-03-4

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