senate Bill S713A

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Relates to the approval of requests for insurance coverage for wheelchairs

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 10, 2010 referred to insurance
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Apr 19, 2010 advanced to third reading
Apr 14, 2010 2nd report cal.
Apr 13, 2010 1st report cal.364
Mar 05, 2010 print number 713a
amend and recommit to consumer protection
Jan 06, 2010 referred to consumer protection
Jul 16, 2009 committed to rules
Jun 04, 2009 advanced to third reading
Jun 03, 2009 2nd report cal.
Jun 02, 2009 1st report cal.579
Jan 14, 2009 referred to consumer protection

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S713 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A211A
Current Committee:
Assembly Insurance
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Renum Art 32 to be Art 32-A, §670 to be §677, amd Art 32-A Head, §677, add §678, Gen Bus L

S713 - Bill Texts

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Establishes a time period for insurance companies to approve or deny coverage for the manufacture or assembly of wheelchairs.

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BILL NUMBER: S713

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the general business law, in relation to the approval
of requests for insurance coverage for wheelchairs


PURPOSE :
To provide that insurance companies must act on a request to cover
purchase of a wheelchair within thirty days of receipt of the request.

JUSTIFICATION :
This legislation would provide that when an insurance company receives
a request for payment for the manufacture of a wheelchair for an
individual, it must inform the wheelchair manufacturer within thirty
days whether the purchase is covered by the individual's insurance
policy. Many people have been left waiting for months for approval for
the new wheelchairs that they so desperately need - this bill will put
a limit on the amount of time people will be forced to wait and will
greatly quicken the process by which individuals will receive new,
wheelchairs appropriate to their needs.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007-08: Referred to Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have
become a law.
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S713A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A211A
Current Committee:
Assembly Insurance
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Renum Art 32 to be Art 32-A, §670 to be §677, amd Art 32-A Head, §677, add §678, Gen Bus L

S713A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Establishes a time period for insurance companies to approve or deny coverage for the manufacture or assembly of wheelchairs.

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BILL NUMBER: S713A

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the general business law, in
relation to the approval of requests for insurance coverage for
wheelchairs

PURPOSE : To provide that insurance companies must act on a request
to cover purchase of a wheelchair within thirty days of receipt of the
request.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : Creates a new section 678 of the
general business law which provides that insurance companies must
inform the wheelchair manufacturer and client, following a request to
cover purchase of a wheelchair, within thirty days of receipt of the
request.

JUSTIFICATION : This legislation would provide that when an
insurance company receives a request for payment for the manufacture
of a wheelchair for an individ- ual, it must inform the wheelchair
manufacturer and client within thirty days whether the purchase is
covered by the individual's insurance policy. Many people have been
left waiting for months for approval for the new wheelchairs that they
so desperately need - this bill will put a limit on the amount of time
people will be forced to wait and will greatly quicken the process by
which individuals will receive new, wheelchairs appropriate to their
needs.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2007-08: Referred to Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.

EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day
after it shall have become a law.
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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 713--A

                       2009-2010 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2009
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. C. JOHNSON, ADAMS, DUANE, KRUEGER, ONORATO, PARKER,
  THOMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and  when  printed  to  be
  committed  to  the  Committee on Consumer Protection -- recommitted to
  the Committee on Consumer Protection 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 general business law, in relation to the approval of
  requests for insurance coverage for wheelchairs

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

  Section 1. Article 32 of the general business law, as amended by chap-
ter 219 of the laws of 2006, is renumbered article 32-A.
  S 2. The article heading of article 32-A of the general business  law,
as  amended  by  chapter  219  of  the laws of 2006 and as renumbered by
section one of this act, is amended to read as follows:
                    [WHEELCHAIR WARRANTIES] WHEELCHAIRS
  S 3. Section 670 of the general business law, as  amended  by  chapter
219 of the laws of 2006, is renumbered section 677.
  S  4.  The  opening  paragraph  of subdivision 1 of section 677 of the
general business law, as amended by chapter 219 of the laws of 2006  and
as  renumbered  by  section  three  of  this  act, is amended to read as
follows:
  As used in this [section] ARTICLE:
  S 5. The general business law is amended by adding a new  section  678
to read as follows:
  S  678.  APPROVAL  OF  REQUESTS  FOR WHEELCHAIRS. AN INSURANCE COMPANY
LICENSED TO DO BUSINESS IN  THIS  STATE  THAT  RECEIVES  A  REQUEST  FOR
PAYMENT  FROM  A WHEELCHAIR DEALER OR MANUFACTURER WHOM A CLIENT OF SUCH
INSURANCE COMPANY HAS HIRED TO MANUFACTURE OR ASSEMBLE A WHEELCHAIR, FOR
PURPOSES OTHER THAN RESALE,  SHALL  INFORM  SUCH  WHEELCHAIR  DEALER  OR
MANUFACTURER  AND  THE  CLIENT OF SUCH WHEELCHAIR DEALER OR MANUFACTURER

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00146-02-0

S. 713--A                           2

WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF RECEIPT OF SUCH REQUEST WHETHER  THE  PURCHASE  OF
SUCH WHEELCHAIR IS COVERED BY THE INSURANCE POLICY OF SUCH CLIENT.
  S  6.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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