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|Jan 04, 2012||referred to labor|
|Jan 07, 2011||referred to labor|
senate Bill S1405
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S1405 - Details
- Current Committee:
- Law Section:
- Workers' Compensation Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §13-l, add §356, Work Comp L
- Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1405 - Summary
Requires the availability of and reimbursement for chiropractic care under the workers' compensation law to be provided on the same basis as care by a physician under such law.
S1405 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S1405 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the workers' compensation law, in relation to chiropractic care PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would end years of the most blatant discriminatory regulation against the consumers of chiropractic. Doctors of chiropractor have been paid one flat fee for all treatment services rendered to an injured worker for 31 years while all other providers including non-doctor providers are paid for virtually every service they perform. Doctors of Chiropractic are mandated by statute to provide the same level of care to an injured worker as that of a private patient but are not reimbursed for the services. Doctors of Chiropractic are given only a flat "limited office visit" fee. No other state has a separate and distinct Workers' Compensation fee schedule/for Doctors of Chiropractic. Doctors of Chiropractic are not even reimbursed for a main staple of their practice, spinal adjustments. (AKA spinal manipulation). This policy forces health care consumers to consult additional providers for these services. This legislation would recognize that chiropractors provide a variety of services and to clarify that the workers' compensation system must pay for the individual modalities employed by chiropractors in rendering primary health care services to injured workers.
S1405 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1405 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 7, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor AN ACT to amend the workers' compensation law, in relation to chiroprac- tic care THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature recognizes that multi- ple health professionals are trained and licensed to diagnose and treat the same or similar conditions through the use of modalities, therapies, treatments, services and philosophies that vary from profession to profession. It is the specific intent of this legislature to assure that workers' compensation policies, plans and contracts that provide cover- age for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions, complaints, ailments, disorders or injuries, that may be diagnosed and treated by a doctor of chiropractic, must provide equivalent access, coverage and fees for the diagnosis and treatment of those conditions, complaints or injuries by a duly licensed doctor of chiropractic, within the lawful scope of chirop- ractic practice even if different terminology, philosophy, services, treatments or modalities are used by the various health professions; and such equivalent coverage shall not be abridged by any regulation. S 2. Subdivision 2 of section 13-l of the workers' compensation law, as amended by chapter 473 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows: 2. (A) An employee injured under circumstances which make such injury compensable under this article, when care is required for an injury which consists solely of a condition which may lawfully be treated by a chiropractor as defined in section sixty-five hundred fifty-one of the education law may select to treat him or her, any duly registered and licensed chiropractor of the state of New York, authorized by the chair to render chiropractic care as hereinafter provided. If the injury or condition is one which is outside the limits prescribed by the education EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05693-01-1
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