senate Bill S1709B

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires insurance coverage for the influenza vaccine in certain circumstances

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to insurance
Jun 12, 2013 print number 1709b
amend and recommit to insurance
Jan 15, 2013 print number 1709a
amend (t) and recommit to insurance
Jan 09, 2013 referred to insurance

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S1709 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1090B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§3216, 3221 & 4303, Ins L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S4636A, A8122A
2013-2014: S1709

S1709 - Bill Texts

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Requires insurance coverage for the influenza vaccine when such vaccine is administered in an elementary or secondary school.

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BILL NUMBER:S1709

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to
establishing a demonstration program to prevent influenza; and
providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE OF THE BILL: This bill would establish a demonstration
program in authorized regions of the State for the administration of
the influenza vaccine by eligible health care providers as approved by
the Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends the Insurance Law by adding a new section 1123-b to
create a three-year demonstration program to prevent influenza.
Eligible insurers are authorized to expand beyond predetermined
settings and providers currently eligible to provide the influenza
vaccine to additional, eligible health care providers in defined
regions of the state, as authorized by the Superintendent of the
Department of Financial Services. Eligible health care provider,
eligible insurer and region are defined and an approval process is
established for eligible health care providers to seek approval from
the Superintendent by written request for administration of influenza
vaccine if they meet certain requirements in an authorized region.

Section 2 provides that the act shall take effect January 1, 2014 and
shall expire January 1, 2017.

JUSTIFICATION: Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that
causes, on average, over 200,000 people in the U.S. to be hospitalized
each year, and Over 35,000 people (primarily elderly) to die from
related complications. The best way to help prevent seasonal influenza
is by getting a vaccination each year. The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual seasonal influenza vaccination
fox all eligible persons, including children aged 6 months through 18
years of age. Unfortunately, vaccination rates for school-aged
children 5 to 17 years of age remain very low, with only 35% of high
risk children vaccinated and 2596 of healthy children receiving the
vaccine.

Increasing the vaccination rates of children is critical to protecting
their health and preventing the spread of the virus to vulnerable
indi- viduals in the community such as the elderly and those with
comprised immune systems. Children and young adults are three to four
times more likely to be infected with influenza. They are the major
vectors for transmitting the virus to adults and elderly persons in
the community.

Conducting influenza vaccination programs on-site in the schools has
been shown to be an effective method of increasing vaccination rates.
Studies show that mass vaccination programs in schools also help to
reduce student absences and increase adult workdays (King .J, Stoddard
JJ, Gaglani MJ et. al. Effectiveness of school-based influenza
vaccination. N Engl J Med 2006,355:2523-2532). Similar studies and
data from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention have


demonstrated the efficacy of pharmacy-based influenza vaccinations in
significantly increasing vaccination rates.

This bill would create a demonstration program to provide additional
access points including school-based clinics, pharmacies and other
approved settings for the administration of the influenza vaccine and
coverage in order to enhance public health and the State's pandemic
preparedness.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.4636A of 2011-2012; Referred to
Insurance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on January 1, 2015 and
shall expire January 1, 2017 when upon such date the provisions of
this act shall be deemed repealed.

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

                                  1709

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Insurance

AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to establishing a  demon-
  stration program to prevent influenza; and providing for the repeal of
  such provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section 1. The insurance law is amended by adding a new section 1123-b
to read as follows:
  S 1123-B. HEALTH INSURANCE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM TO PREVENT INFLUENZA.
(A) PURPOSE OF THE DEMONSTRATION  PROGRAM.  THE  LEGISLATURE  RECOGNIZES
THAT  HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW YORK CITIZENS GET THE FLU EVERY YEAR.
MOST CALL OUT OF WORK FOR DAYS TO NURSE THE ILLNESS, WHILE MANY  OTHERS,
LACKING  PROPER  IMMUNIZATION,  SUCCUMB TO THE FLU EVERY YEAR, INCLUDING
THE ELDERLY, CHRONICALLY ILL AND CHILDREN. THE FLU IS ONE  OF  THE  MOST
PREVENTABLE DISEASES IN BOTH SEVERITY AND OVERALL ILLNESS THROUGH VACCI-
NATION.  THE  DEMONSTRATION  PROGRAM  IS  INTENDED TO TEST MECHANISMS TO
ASSIST INSURERS  EXPAND  BEYOND  PREDETERMINED  SETTINGS  AND  PROVIDERS
CURRENTLY  ELIGIBLE  AS  PARTICIPATING  PROVIDERS  BY INSURERS PROVIDING
INFLUENZA VACCINATION FOR INFLUENZA.
  (B) DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS SECTION:
  (1) "ELIGIBLE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER" MEANS A PERSON, CLINIC, AGENCY  OR
PHARMACY THAT IS LICENSED OR CERTIFIED PURSUANT TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW
OR  EDUCATION  LAW  AND  WHO  IS  LICENSED  TO  PRESCRIBE AND ADMINISTER
VACCINES IN ACCORDANCE WITH STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN  THE
EDUCATION LAW OR ANY OTHER APPLICABLE LAW OR RULE.
  (2)  "ELIGIBLE  INSURER"  MEANS ANY INSURER PROVIDING HEALTH INSURANCE
COVERAGE PURSUANT TO ARTICLE FORTY-THREE OR THIRTY-TWO OF  THIS  CHAPTER
AND  IS  LOCATED  IN AN EIGHT, TWELVE OR FIVE COUNTY REGION OF THE WORK-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04290-01-3

S. 1709                             2

FORCE RETRAINING PROGRAM AS DEFINED  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION  TWENTY-EIGHT
HUNDRED SEVEN-G OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW.
  (3)  "REGION"  MEANS AN EIGHT, TWELVE OR FIVE COUNTY REGION AS DEFINED
FOR THE WORKFORCE RETRAINING PROGRAM PURSUANT  TO  SECTION  TWENTY-EIGHT
HUNDRED SEVEN-G OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW.
  (C)  DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM TO PREVENT INFLUENZA. (1) BOTH INSURERS AND
HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER
AND ANY REGULATIONS PROMULGATED THEREUNDER.
  (2) SUBJECT TO PARAGRAPH THREE OF THIS SUBSECTION, THE  SUPERINTENDENT
MAY  ISSUE  AN  APPROVAL  TO  AN ELIGIBLE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER PROVIDING
VACCINATIONS IF:
  (A) THE ELIGIBLE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER DEMONSTRATES THAT  IT  SATISFIES
ALL  FINANCIAL,  OPERATIONAL  AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS OF THIS CHAPTER AND
REGULATIONS PROMULGATED THEREUNDER, OTHER THAN ANY REQUIREMENTS EXPRESS-
LY WAIVED BY THIS SECTION, AND SHALL OPERATE THE  DEMONSTRATION  PROGRAM
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION;
  (B)  THE  SUPERINTENDENT  DETERMINES  THAT  THE  DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM
FURTHERS THE PUBLIC POLICY GOALS OF THIS SECTION;
  (C) THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER INTENDS TO ADMINISTER  INFLUENZA  VACCINE
IN THE REGION;
  (D) THE NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS DOES NOT EXCEED FIFTY
IN  THE  REGION  UNLESS  THE ELIGIBLE INSURER IN SUCH REGION CONSENTS TO
SUCH ADDITIONAL ELIGIBLE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS.
  (3) ANY ELIGIBLE HEALTH CARE  PROVIDER  SEEKING  THE  SUPERINTENDENT'S
APPROVAL  UNDER  PARAGRAPH TWO OF THIS SUBSECTION SHALL SUBMIT A WRITTEN
REQUEST TO THE SUPERINTENDENT WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE
OF  THIS  SECTION.  THE SUPERINTENDENT SHALL MAKE A DETERMINATION ON ANY
REQUEST WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF RECEIPT OF ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION.
  (4) THE SUPERINTENDENT MAY REVOKE AN APPROVAL ISSUED  UNDER  PARAGRAPH
TWO  OF  THIS SUBSECTION IF: THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER THAT RECEIVED SUCH
APPROVAL NO LONGER QUALIFIES AS AN ELIGIBLE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER  OR  IS
OTHERWISE OPERATING IN A MANNER INCONSISTENT WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS
CHAPTER  OR  REGULATIONS PROMULGATED THEREUNDER. ELIGIBLE INSURERS SHALL
SUBMIT PERIODIC REPORTS TO THE SUPERINTENDENT SUFFICIENT TO  ENABLE  THE
SUPERINTENDENT  TO  EVALUATE  THE  EFFECTIVENESS  OF  THE  DEMONSTRATION
PROGRAM. SUCH  REPORTS  SHALL  IDENTIFY  WHETHER  TRIVALENT  INACTIVATED
VACCINE  OR  LIVE ATTENUATED INFLUENZA VACCINE WAS UTILIZED. IN ADDITION
SUCH REPORT SHALL INCLUDE WHETHER SUCH VACCINE WAS ADMINISTERED  OUTSIDE
A  PHYSICIAN'S OFFICE, BARRIERS TO MAKING THE INFLUENZA VACCINATION MORE
AVAILABLE AND ANY STRATEGIES FOR REMOVING SUCH BARRIERS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2015 and shall expire Janu-
ary 1, 2018 when upon such date the provisions  of  this  act  shall  be
deemed repealed.

S1709A - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1090B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§3216, 3221 & 4303, Ins L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S4636A, A8122A
2013-2014: S1709

S1709A - Bill Texts

view summary

Requires insurance coverage for the influenza vaccine when such vaccine is administered in an elementary or secondary school.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S1709A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the insurance law, in relation to requiring insurance coverage
for the influenza vaccine in certain circumstances

PURPOSE: This bill would provide that health
insurance policies that
cover influenza vaccine and its administration would provide coverage
when such vaccine is administered outside of a physician's office at
any of-site location authorized under current law.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends
Subsection (i) of

Section 3215 of the Insurance Law by adding a new paragraph 17-a to
provide for coverage of influenza vaccine and its administration at
off-site locations authorized under current law when a health
insurance plan includes coverage of influenza and its administration
under the policy.

Section 2 amends Subsection (1) of Section 3221 of the Insurance Law
by adding a new paragraph 8-a to provide for coverage of influenza
vaccine and its administration at off-site locations authorized under
current law when a health insurance plan, includes coverage of
influenza and its administration under the policy.

Section 3 amends Section 4303 of the Insurance Law by adding a new
subsection (k-a) to provide for coverage of influenza vaccine and its
administration at off-site locations authorized under current law
when a health insurance plan includes coverage of influenza and its
administration under the policy.

Section 4 provides that the act shall take effect 60 days after it
shall have become law.

JUSTIFICATION: Influenza is a contagious respiratory
illness that
causes, on average, over 200,000 people in the US to be hospitalized
each year, and over 36,000 people (primarily elderly) to die from
related complications. The best way to help prevent seasonal
influenza is by getting a vaccination each year. The Centers fox
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual seasonal
influenza vaccination for all eligible persons, including children
aged 6 months through 18 years of age. Unfortunately, vaccination
rates for school-aged children 5 to 17 years of age remain very low,
with only 35% of high risk children vaccinated and 25% of healthy
children receiving the vaccine.

Increasing the vaccination rates of children is critical to protecting
their health and preventing the spread of the virus to vulnerable
individuals in the community such as the elderly and those with
comprised immune systems. Children and young adults are three to four
times more likely to be infected with influenza. They are the major


vectors for transmitting the virus to adults and elderly persons in
the community.

Conducting influenza vaccination programs on-site in the schools has
been shown to be an effective method of increasing vaccination rates.
Studies show that mass vaccination programs in schools also help to
reduce student absences and increase adult workdays.

This bill would facilitate the implementation of school-based
influenza programs by providing insurance coverage for influenza
vaccine and its administration at off-site locations such as schools.
The bill only applies to insurance policies that already provide
coverage for this benefit. Establishment of a school-located
infrastructure for routine school influenza would enhance the public
health and the State's pandemic preparedness.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on
the sixtieth day after becoming law.

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

                                 1709--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Insurance  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend the insurance law, in relation to requiring insurance
  coverage for the influenza vaccine in certain circumstances

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

  Section  1.    Subsection  (i) of section 3216 of the insurance law is
amended by adding a new paragraph 17-a to read as follows:
  (17-A) EVERY POLICY DELIVERED OR ISSUED FOR  DELIVERY  IN  THIS  STATE
THAT  PROVIDES  MEDICAL,  MAJOR  MEDICAL,  OR SIMILAR COMPREHENSIVE-TYPE
COVERAGE AND PROVIDES COVERAGE FOR IMMUNIZING AGENTS TO PREVENT INFLUEN-
ZA SHALL PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR INFLUENZA VACCINE AND  ITS  ADMINISTRATION
WHEN  SUCH  VACCINE  IS ADMINISTERED OUTSIDE A PHYSICIAN'S OFFICE AT ANY
OFF-SITE LOCATION AUTHORIZED BY LAW.  COVERAGE  SHALL  BE  PROVIDED  FOR
IMMUNIZING  AGENTS TO PREVENT INFLUENZA THAT ARE PRESCRIBED AND ADMINIS-
TERED IN ACCORDANCE WITH STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS  SET  FORTH  IN  THE
EDUCATION LAW OR ANY OTHER APPLICABLE LAW OR RULE.
  S 2. Subsection (l) of section 3221 of the insurance law is amended by
adding a new paragraph 8-a to read as follows:
  (8-A)  EVERY  GROUP OR BLANKET POLICY DELIVERED OR ISSUED FOR DELIVERY
IN THIS STATE THAT PROVIDES MEDICAL, MAJOR MEDICAL, OR  SIMILAR  COMPRE-
HENSIVE-TYPE  COVERAGE  AND  PROVIDES  COVERAGE FOR IMMUNIZING AGENTS TO
PREVENT INFLUENZA SHALL PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR INFLUENZA VACCINE  AND  ITS
ADMINISTRATION  WHEN  SUCH VACCINE IS ADMINISTERED OUTSIDE A PHYSICIAN'S
OFFICE AT ANY OFF-SITE LOCATION AUTHORIZED BY  LAW.  COVERAGE  SHALL  BE
PROVIDED  FOR IMMUNIZING AGENTS TO PREVENT INFLUENZA THAT ARE PRESCRIBED
AND ADMINISTERED IN ACCORDANCE WITH STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH
IN THE EDUCATION LAW OR ANY OTHER APPLICABLE LAW OR RULE.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04290-02-3

S. 1709--A                          2

  S 3. Section 4303 of the insurance law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
subsection (k-1) to read as follows:
  (K-1)  EVERY POLICY ISSUED BY A MEDICAL EXPENSE INDEMNITY CORPORATION,
A HOSPITAL SERVICE CORPORATION  OR  A  HEALTH  SERVICE  CORPORATION  FOR
DELIVERY  IN THIS STATE THAT PROVIDES MEDICAL, MAJOR MEDICAL, OR SIMILAR
COMPREHENSIVE-TYPE COVERAGE FOR IMMUNIZING AGENTS TO  PREVENT  INFLUENZA
SHALL PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR INFLUENZA VACCINE AND ITS ADMINISTRATION WHEN
SUCH  VACCINE  IS  ADMINISTERED  OUTSIDE  A  PHYSICIAN'S  OFFICE  AT ANY
OFF-SITE LOCATION AUTHORIZED BY LAW.  COVERAGE  SHALL  BE  PROVIDED  FOR
IMMUNIZING  AGENTS TO PREVENT INFLUENZA THAT ARE PRESCRIBED AND ADMINIS-
TERED IN ACCORDANCE WITH STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS  SET  FORTH  IN  THE
EDUCATION LAW OR ANY OTHER APPLICABLE LAW OR RULE.
  S  4.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
have become a law.

S1709B (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1090B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§3216, 3221 & 4303, Ins L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S4636A, A8122A
2013-2014: S1709

S1709B (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

view summary

Requires insurance coverage for the influenza vaccine when such vaccine is administered in an elementary or secondary school.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S1709B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to
requiring insurance coverage for the influenza vaccine in certain
circumstances

PURPOSE: This bill would provide that health insurance policies that
cover influenza vaccine and its administration would provide coverage
when such vaccine is administered outside of a physician's office at a
primary or secondary school.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends Subsection (i) of
Section 3216 of the Insurance Law by adding a new paragraph 17-a to
provide for coverage of influenza vaccine and its administration at
primary or secondary schools authorized under current law when a
health insurance plan includes coverage of influenza and its
administration under the policy.

Section 2 amends Subsection (1) of Section 3221 of the Insurance Law
by adding a new paragraph 8-a to provide for coverage of influenza
vaccine and its administration at primary or secondary schools
authorized under current law when a health insurance plan includes
coverage of influenza and its administration under the policy.

Section 3 amends Section 4303 of the Insurance Law by adding a new
subsection (k-a) to provide for coverage of influenza vaccine and its
administration at primary and secondary schools authorized under
current law when a health insurance plan includes coverage of
influenza and its administration under the policy.

Section 4 provides that the act shall take effect 60 days after it
shall have become law.

JUSTIFICATION: Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that
causes, on average, over 200,000 people in the US to be hospitalized
each year, and over 36,000 people (primarily elderly) to die from
related complications. The best way to help prevent seasonal influenza
is by getting a vaccination each year. The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual seasonal influenza vaccination
for all eligible persons, including children aged 6 months through 18
years of age. Unfortunately, vaccination rates for school-aged
children 5 to 17 years of age remain very low, with only 35% of high
risk children vaccinated and 25% of healthy children receiving the
vaccine.

Increasing the vaccination rates of children is critical to protecting
their health and preventing the spread of the virus to vulnerable
individuals in the community such as the elderly and those with
comprised immune systems. Children and young adults are three to four
times more likely to be infected with influenza. They are the major
vectors fox transmitting the virus to adults and elderly persons in
the community.

Conducting influenza vaccination programs on-site in the schools has
been shown to be an effective method of increasing vaccination rates.
Studies show that mass vaccination programs in schools also help to
reduce student absences and increase adult workdays.


This bill would facilitate the implementation of school-based
influenza programs by providing insurance coverage for influenza
vaccine and its administration at off-site locations such as schools.
The bill only applies to insurance policies that already provide
coverage for this benefit. Establishment of a school-located
infrastructure for routine school influenza would enhance the public
health and the State's pandemic preparedness.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after
it becomes law.

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

                                 1709--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Insurance  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to  said  committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation  to  requiring  insurance
  coverage for the influenza vaccine in certain circumstances

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

  Section 1.  Subsection (i) of section 3216 of  the  insurance  law  is
amended by adding a new paragraph 17-a to read as follows:
  (17-A)  EVERY  POLICY  DELIVERED  OR ISSUED FOR DELIVERY IN THIS STATE
THAT PROVIDES MEDICAL,  MAJOR  MEDICAL,  OR  SIMILAR  COMPREHENSIVE-TYPE
COVERAGE AND PROVIDES COVERAGE FOR IMMUNIZING AGENTS TO PREVENT INFLUEN-
ZA  SHALL  PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR INFLUENZA VACCINE AND ITS ADMINISTRATION
WHEN SUCH VACCINE IS ADMINISTERED IN AN ELEMENTARY OR SECONDARY  SCHOOL.
COVERAGE  SHALL  BE  PROVIDED FOR IMMUNIZING AGENTS TO PREVENT INFLUENZA
THAT ARE PRESCRIBED AND ADMINISTERED IN ACCORDANCE  WITH  STANDARDS  AND
REQUIREMENTS  SET FORTH IN THE EDUCATION LAW OR ANY OTHER APPLICABLE LAW
OR RULE.
  S 2. Subsection (l) of section 3221 of the insurance law is amended by
adding a new paragraph 8-a to read as follows:
  (8-A) EVERY GROUP OR BLANKET POLICY DELIVERED OR ISSUED  FOR  DELIVERY
IN  THIS  STATE THAT PROVIDES MEDICAL, MAJOR MEDICAL, OR SIMILAR COMPRE-
HENSIVE-TYPE COVERAGE AND PROVIDES COVERAGE  FOR  IMMUNIZING  AGENTS  TO
PREVENT  INFLUENZA  SHALL PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR INFLUENZA VACCINE AND ITS
ADMINISTRATION WHEN SUCH VACCINE IS ADMINISTERED  IN  AN  ELEMENTARY  OR
SECONDARY  SCHOOL.  COVERAGE  SHALL BE PROVIDED FOR IMMUNIZING AGENTS TO
PREVENT INFLUENZA THAT ARE PRESCRIBED  AND  ADMINISTERED  IN  ACCORDANCE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04290-06-3

S. 1709--B                          2

WITH  STANDARDS  AND  REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN THE EDUCATION LAW OR ANY
OTHER APPLICABLE LAW OR RULE.
  S  3.  Section  4303  of  the insurance law is amended by adding a new
subsection (k-1) to read as follows:
  (K-1) EVERY POLICY ISSUED BY A MEDICAL EXPENSE INDEMNITY  CORPORATION,
A  HOSPITAL  SERVICE  CORPORATION  OR  A  HEALTH SERVICE CORPORATION FOR
DELIVERY IN THIS STATE THAT PROVIDES MEDICAL, MAJOR MEDICAL, OR  SIMILAR
COMPREHENSIVE-TYPE  COVERAGE  FOR IMMUNIZING AGENTS TO PREVENT INFLUENZA
SHALL PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR INFLUENZA VACCINE AND ITS ADMINISTRATION WHEN
SUCH VACCINE IS ADMINISTERED  IN  AN  ELEMENTARY  OR  SECONDARY  SCHOOL.
COVERAGE  SHALL  BE  PROVIDED FOR IMMUNIZING AGENTS TO PREVENT INFLUENZA
THAT ARE PRESCRIBED AND ADMINISTERED IN ACCORDANCE  WITH  STANDARDS  AND
REQUIREMENTS  SET FORTH IN THE EDUCATION LAW OR ANY OTHER APPLICABLE LAW
OR RULE.
  S 4. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

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