|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 08, 2014||referred to mental health and developmental disabilities|
|Feb 04, 2013||reported and committed to finance|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to mental health and developmental disabilities|
senate Bill S481
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S481 - Details
S481 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S481 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.
S481 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 481 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop- mental 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. LBD02059-01-3
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