|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Mar 07, 2012||reported and committed to finance|
|Jan 04, 2012||referred to mental health and developmental disabilities|
|Mar 23, 2011||reported and committed to finance|
|Jan 18, 2011||referred to mental health and developmental disabilities|
senate Bill S2148
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S2148 - Details
S2148 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S2148 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to defining a bill of rights for persons with autism or autism spectrum disorders PURPOSE: This bill would provide persons diagnosed with autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) certain rights with respect to the funding of research and provision of treatment. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends Mental Hygiene Law by adding section 16.39, which establishes a bill of rights for persons diagnosed with autism or ASDs. Subsection (a) guarantees equitable insurance coverage for individuals diagnosed with autism or ASDs. Subsection (b) accords such persons rights including: increased funding of autism and ASDs research; access to a comprehensive continuum of care; treatment within a coordinated system of agencies; receipt of care in-home, as well as at treatment centers proximately located to the patient's residence; family-driven and patient-focused treatment by highly qualified professionals; and access to all information necessary facilitate informed consent.
S2148 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 2148 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 18, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sens. McDONALD, ADAMS, ADDABBO, BONACIC, DeFRANCISCO, GRIFFO, HASSELL-THOMPSON, LANZA, LARKIN, LAVALLE, LITTLE, MAZIARZ, MONTGOMERY, PARKER, PERKINS, SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to defining a bill of rights for persons with autism or autism spectrum disorders THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section 16.39 to read as follows: S 16.39 BILL OF RIGHTS FOR PERSONS WITH AUTISM OR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISOR- DERS. (A) BOTH EARLY INTERVENTION AND CONTINUING TREATMENT ARE INTEGRAL TO THE HEALTHCARE OF THOSE DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM OR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISOR- DERS. INSURANCE COMPANIES SHALL NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH SUCH DIAGNOSES BY IMPOSING FINANCIAL BURDENS AND BARRIERS TO TREAT- MENT SUCH AS DIFFERENTIAL DEDUCTIBLES, DISPARATE CO-PAYS, SPENDING CAPS, AND ARBITRARY LIMITS ON ACCESS TO MEDICALLY NECESSARY INPATIENT AND/OR OUTPATIENT SERVICES. (B) ALL PERSONS WITH AUTISM OR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING RIGHTS: (1) THE RIGHT TO AN INCREASED INVESTMENT IN HIGH-QUALITY RESEARCH ON THE ORIGIN, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF AUTISM AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISOR- DERS; (2) THE RIGHT TO ACCESS, AND HAVE THEIR PARENTS AND/OR GUARDIANS ACCESS, A COMPREHENSIVE CONTINUUM OF CARE BASED ON THE PATIENT'S NEEDS- -INCLUDING A FULL RANGE OF PSYCHOSOCIAL, BEHAVIORAL, PHARMACOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL SERVICES--REGARDLESS OF THE COST; (3) THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE TREATMENT WITHIN A COORDINATED SYSTEM OF CARE WHERE ALL AGENCIES DELIVERING SERVICES (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01575-01-1
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