assembly Bill A8461

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Creates an education and outreach program for the autoimmune disease known as lupus

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Jan 16, 2014 referred to health


A8461 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง207, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A8884, S3679
2011-2012: A459, S5114
2015-2016: A3072, S5216

A8461 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Creates an education and outreach program for the autoimmune disease known as lupus; provides for an advisory council consisting of representatives of people with lupus and their families and health care providers who specialize in treating lupus.

A8461 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 16, 2014

Introduced  by  M. of A. PEOPLES-STOKES -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Health

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to the  lupus  educa-
  tion and outreach program


  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-
can women.
  (d) No new drugs have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminis-
tration  specifically  for lupus in nearly forty years and while current
treatments for the disease can be effective, they can lead  to  damaging
side effects.
  (e)  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
the disease, and consequently receives support from government programs,
including Medicare, Medicaid, social  security  disability,  and  social
security supplemental income.

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