senate Bill S4077

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Directs the office of minority health to establish a program of data collection for the assessment of health and health care of minorities in N.Y. state

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S4077 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6241
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง241 & 242, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S2878, A1475

S4077 - Bill Texts

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Directs the office of minority health to establish a program of data collection for the assessment of disparities in health and the delivery of health care to minorities in New York state.

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BILL NUMBER:S4077

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public health law, in relation to data collection and
assessment program concerning minority health

PURPOSE:
To provide the legislature and public with a comprehensive report on
the status of minority health within the state; as well as,
establishing an annual analysis of the utilization and distribution
of health care services and funds in New York State minority
populations so that any disparities may be resolved.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The public health law is amended to require the office of Minority
health to annually report on the health of minorities within the
state as well as ascertaining any disparities and funds. If such
disparities are found the Office of Minority health is then required
to suggest possible methods for elimination or reduction of such
disparities. This report shall be available to the public and
annually distributed to all of the members of the New York State
Assembly and Senate upon its completion.

EXISTING LAW:
Does not require the report provided for by this legislation.

JUSTIFICATION:
The state should undertake efforts to identify healthcare disparities
and work to mitigate and eliminate those disparities.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.2878 of 2009: Referred to Health
S.465 of 2007: Referred to Health
S.5673 of 2005: Referred to Health

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined, however it is believed that the Department of Health
has adequate staff to compile this information.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the
date on which it shall become a law.

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

                                  4077

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 16, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. BONACIC -- 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  data  collection
  and assessment program concerning minority health

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

  Section 1. Subdivisions 3 and 4 of section 241 of  the  public  health
law, as added by chapter 757 of the laws of 1992, such section as renum-
bered  by  chapter  443  of  the  laws  of  1993, are amended to read as
follows:
  3. Together with the minority health council,  serve  as  liaison  and
advocate  for  the  department on minority health matters. This function
shall include the provision of staff  support  to  the  minority  health
council  and  the  establishment  of  appropriate  program linkages with
related federal, state, and local agencies  and  programs  such  as  the
office of minority health of the public health service, the agricultural
extension  service  and  migrant health services.  SUCH PROGRAM LINKAGES
WITH STATE AGENCIES SHALL INCLUDE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PROGRAM FOR THE
COLLECTION OF DATA REGARDING RACE, ETHNICITY AND PRIMARY LANGUAGE OF ALL
PARTICIPANTS BY EACH STATE PROGRAM DIRECTLY INVOLVED  IN  FURNISHING  OF
INFORMATION  OR  THE  RENDERING  OF SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC WHEREBY DEMO-
GRAPHIC INFORMATION OF ANY KIND IS COLLECTED REGARDING ALL  PARTICIPANTS
IN  SUCH  PROGRAMS.  AGENCIES  AND  DEPARTMENTS  MAY  USE  EXISTING DATA
COLLECTION METHODS TO AVOID DUPLICATIVE  METHODOLOGIES.  DATA  COLLECTED
SHALL  BE AGGREGATED AT LEAST ANNUALLY IN A MANNER THAT PERMITS UTILIZA-
TION RATES BY RACE, ETHNICITY, AND LANGUAGE AND COMPILED INTO A  REPORT.
UPON  COMPLETION, SUCH REPORT SHALL BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AND ANNU-
ALLY DISTRIBUTED TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE.
  4. Assist medical schools and state agencies to develop  comprehensive
programs to improve minority health personnel supply by promoting minor-
ity  clinical  training  and  curriculum  improvement, and disseminating

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01891-01-1

S. 4077                             2

minority  health  career  information  to  high  school  [and],  college
students  AND  DIFFERENT STATE AGENCIES.  SUCH DEVELOPMENT OF COMPREHEN-
SIVE PROGRAMS SHALL INCLUDE RESEARCH INTO THE CAUSES AND MAINTENANCE  OF
HEALTH DISPARITIES AND PROPOSALS FOR THE REDUCTION AND/OR ELIMINATION OF
SUCH DISPARITIES.
  S  2. Subdivisions 3 and 4 of section 242 of the public health law, as
added by chapter 757 of the laws of 1992, such section as renumbered  by
chapter 443 of the laws of 1993, are amended to read as follows:
  3.  An  analysis  of  the  health  status of minority citizens and the
status of minority health  delivery  systems.  Such  analysis  shall  be
conducted  in  cooperation  with  the  minority health council and other
interested agencies. SUCH ANALYSIS SHALL ALSO INCLUDE AN ANNUAL ANALYSIS
OF DATA COLLECTED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION THREE OF SECTION  TWO  HUNDRED
FORTY-ONE  OF  THIS  TITLE TO DETERMINE WHETHER THERE ARE DISPARITIES BY
RACE, ETHNICITY OR LANGUAGE IN THE UTILIZATION OF STATE SERVICES OR  THE
RECEIPT  OF  FUNDS.  SUCH  ANALYSIS SHALL ALSO BE COMPILED, ANALYZED AND
MADE PUBLIC BY THE OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH.
  4. Any recommended improvements to programs  and/or  regulations  that
would  enhance  the cost effectiveness of the office, POLICY OPTIONS and
programs intended to meet the health care needs of minority citizens AND
TO ELIMINATE IDENTIFIED HEALTH DISPARITIES, INCLUDING  BUT  NOT  LIMITED
TO,  ZERO  COST  AND  LOW  COST OPTIONS AND OTHER SUBSTANTIVE PROPOSALS.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO ENHANCE THE  COST  EFFECTIVENESS  OF
THE  OFFICE SHALL INCLUDE AN ASSESSMENT OF THE CAPACITY OF THE OFFICE TO
ADDRESS THE DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH, THE ROOT CAUSES OF  HEALTH  DISPARI-
TIES  IN  MINORITY  POPULATIONS  THROUGHOUT  NEW YORK STATE, IN ORDER TO
DECREASE THE BURDEN OF DISEASE AND INJURY, INCLUDING PROGRAMS AND INITI-
ATIVES THAT ARE ALREADY BEING UNDERTAKEN AND AN ANALYSIS OF THEIR EFFEC-
TIVENESS.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
ing  the  date  on  which it shall have become a law; provided, however,
that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any
rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act  on  its
effective  date  are authorized and directed to be made and completed on
or before such effective date.

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