S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
June 13, 2011
Introduced by Sens. HANNON, SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed,
and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules -- recom-
mitted to the Committee on Health 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 public health law, the tax law and the state finance
law, in relation to providing for taxpayer gifts for lupus education
and prevention, and establishing the lupus education and prevention
fund and outreach program
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds the
(a) Lupus is a serious, complex, debilitating autoimmune disease that
can cause inflammation and tissue damage to virtually any organ system
in the body, including the skin, joints, other connective tissue, blood
and blood vessels, heart, lungs, kidney, and brain.
(b) Lupus research estimates that approximately one and a half to two
million Americans live with some form of lupus; lupus affects women nine
times more often than men and eighty percent of newly diagnosed cases of
lupus develop among women of childbearing age.
(c) Lupus disproportionately affects women of color -- it is two to
three times more common among African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians and
Native Americans and is generally more prevalent in minority populations
-- a health disparity that remains unexplained. According to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention the rate of lupus mortality has
increased since the late 1970s and is higher among older African-Ameri-
(d) The pain and fatigue associated with lupus can threaten people's
ability to live independently, make it difficult to maintain employment
and lead normal lives, and one in five people with lupus is disabled by
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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the disease, and consequently receives support from government programs,
including Medicare, Medicaid, social security disability, and social
security supplemental income.
(e) The estimated average annual cost of medical treatment for an
individual with lupus can range between ten thousand dollars and thirty
thousand dollars; for people who have the most serious form of lupus,
medical costs can greatly exceed this amount, causing a significant
economic, emotional and social burden to the entire family and society.
(f) More than half of the people with lupus suffer four or more years
and visit three or more physicians before obtaining a diagnosis of
lupus; early diagnosis of and commencement of treatment for lupus can
prevent or reduce serious organ damage, disability, and death.
(g) Despite the magnitude of lupus and its impact on individuals and
families, health professional and public understanding of lupus remains
low; only one of five Americans can provide even basic information about
lupus, and awareness of lupus is lowest among adults ages eighteen to
thirty-four -- the age group most likely to develop symptoms of lupus.
(h) Lupus is a significant national health issue that deserves a
comprehensive and coordinated response by state and federal governments
with involvement of the health care provider, patient, and public health
S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 207 of the public health law is amended
by adding a new paragraph (i) to read as follows:
(I) THE DANGERS OF, INCLUDING WAYS TO PREVENT THE INCIDENCE AND SEVER-
ITY OF, LUPUS, A DEBILITATING AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE THAT CAN CAUSE INFLAM-
MATION AND TISSUE DAMAGE TO VIRTUALLY ANY ORGAN SYSTEM IN THE BODY,
INCLUDING THE SKIN, JOINTS, OTHER CONNECTIVE TISSUE, BLOOD AND BLOOD
VESSELS, HEART, LUNG, KIDNEY AND BRAIN, AND WHICH AFFECTS WOMEN, PARTIC-
ULARLY WOMEN OF COLOR, IN A DISPROPORTIONATE MANNER; PROVIDED THAT THE
PROGRAM SHALL INCLUDE AN ADVISORY COUNCIL UNDER THIS SECTION THAT SHALL
INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES OF PEOPLE WITH LUPUS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND
HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS WHO SPECIALIZE IN TREATING LUPUS, AMONG OTHERS.
S 3. Subdivision 7 of section 207 of the public health law, as
amended by section 16 of part A of chapter 109 of the laws of 2010, is
amended to read as follows:
7. In addition to state funds appropriated for programs under this
section, the commissioner may accept grants from public or private
sources for these programs. The commissioner, in administering this
section, shall seek to coordinate the department's programs with other
public and private programs, and may undertake joint or cooperative
programs with other public or private entities, INCLUDING MAKING GRANTS
(WITHIN AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED THEREFOR AND CONSISTENT WITH APPLICABLE
LAW) TO PUBLIC OR NOT-FOR-PROFIT ENTITIES.
S 4. The tax law is amended by adding a new section 209-H to read as
S 209-H. GIFT FOR LUPUS EDUCATION AND PREVENTION. A TAXPAYER IN ANY
TAXABLE YEAR MAY ELECT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SUPPORT OF THE LUPUS EDUCA-
TION AND PREVENTION FUND. SUCH CONTRIBUTION SHALL BE IN ANY WHOLE DOLLAR
AMOUNT AND SHALL NOT REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF THE STATE TAX OWED BY SUCH
TAXPAYER. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL INCLUDE SPACE ON THE CORPORATE INCOME
TAX RETURN TO ENABLE A TAXPAYER TO MAKE SUCH CONTRIBUTION. NOTWITH-
STANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, ALL REVENUES COLLECTED PURSUANT TO
THIS SECTION SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE LUPUS EDUCATION AND PREVENTION
FUND AND SHALL BE USED ONLY FOR THOSE PURPOSES ENUMERATED IN SECTION
NINETY-SEVEN-LLLL OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW.
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S 5. The tax law is amended by adding a new section 630-c to read as
S 630-C. GIFT FOR LUPUS EDUCATION AND PREVENTION. AN INDIVIDUAL IN ANY
TAXABLE YEAR MAY ELECT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE LUPUS EDUCATION AND
PREVENTION FUND. SUCH CONTRIBUTION SHALL BE IN ANY WHOLE DOLLAR AMOUNT
AND SHALL NOT REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF STATE TAX OWED BY SUCH INDIVIDUAL.
THE COMMISSIONER SHALL INCLUDE SPACE ON THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX RETURN
TO ENABLE A TAXPAYER TO MAKE SUCH CONTRIBUTION. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY
OTHER PROVISION OF LAW ALL REVENUES COLLECTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION
SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE LUPUS EDUCATION AND PREVENTION FUND AND USED
ONLY FOR THOSE PURPOSES ENUMERATED IN SECTION NINETY-SEVEN-LLLL OF THE
STATE FINANCE LAW.
S 6. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 97-llll
to read as follows:
S 97-LLLL. LUPUS EDUCATION AND PREVENTION FUND. 1. THERE IS HEREBY
ESTABLISHED IN THE JOINT CUSTODY OF THE COMMISSIONER OF TAXATION AND
FINANCE AND THE COMPTROLLER, A SPECIAL FUND TO BE KNOWN AS THE "LUPUS
EDUCATION AND PREVENTION FUND".
2. SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF ALL REVENUES RECEIVED BY THE DEPARTMENT
OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION TWO
HUNDRED NINE-H AND SECTION SIX HUNDRED THIRTY-C OF THE TAX LAW, AND ALL
OTHER MONEYS APPROPRIATED, CREDITED OR TRANSFERRED THERETO FROM ANY
OTHER FUND OR SOURCE PURSUANT TO LAW. NOTHING CONTAINED IN THIS SECTION
SHALL PREVENT THE STATE FROM RECEIVING GRANTS, GIFTS OR BEQUESTS FOR THE
PURPOSES OF THE FUND AS DEFINED IN THIS SECTION AND DEPOSITING THEM INTO
THE FUND ACCORDING TO LAW.
3. MONIES OF THE FUND SHALL BE EXPENDED ONLY FOR LUPUS EDUCATION AND
PREVENTION PROJECTS. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, "LUPUS EDUCATION AND
PREVENTION PROJECTS" MEANS EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS, INCLUDING GRANTS FOR
LUPUS EDUCATION AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS, WHICH ARE APPROVED BY THE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.
4. MONIES SHALL BE PAYABLE FROM THE FUND ON THE AUDIT AND WARRANT OF
THE COMPTROLLER ON VOUCHERS APPROVED AND CERTIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER
5. TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH SHALL ENSURE
THAT ALL MONIES RECEIVED DURING A FISCAL YEAR ARE EXPENDED PRIOR TO THE
END OF THAT FISCAL YEAR.
S 7. This act shall take effect on the three hundred sixty-fifth day
after it shall have become a law.