assembly Bill A9821

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Enacts the "Lydia Soto law"

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 14, 2016 referred to rules
delivered to senate
passed assembly
Jun 08, 2016 ordered to third reading rules cal.188
rules report cal.188
Jun 06, 2016 reported referred to rules
Jun 01, 2016 reported referred to ways and means
Apr 12, 2016 referred to health


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A9821 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2017-2018: A7998
2019-2020: A5131

A9821 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes a Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs within the department of health to assess the asthma risk factors for the minority citizens of our state, counties and regions; identifies the existing barriers to quality asthma treatment and care among minorities; develops action steps for addressing care issues; launches a state-wide asthma awareness campaign to educate our citizens about the disease (view more) requires report.

A9821 (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

                             April 12, 2016

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

AN ACT to establish a Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs


  Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
the "Lydia Soto law".
  S  2.  Legislative findings and intent. According to the American Lung
Association, there are over 1.6 million New Yorkers  with  asthma,  with
over  380,000 of them being children. The annual cost of asthma is esti-
mated to be nearly 18 billion dollars. Access to health care for  ethnic
minorities is often hampered by socio-economic disparities, shortages of
primary  care  physicians in minority communities, language and literacy
barriers, and cultural beliefs about the role and  usefulness  of  medi-
cines.  There have emerged clear disparities in the burden and treatment
of asthma in the communities of ethnic minorities. The burden of  asthma
falls  disproportionately  on  the  African-American  and Hispanic popu-
lations, and especially on children of these ethnic  minorities.  There-
fore,  it  is  the  intent  of this legislature to create a coordinating
council to address these issues and to improve awareness and  management
of asthma prevention and treatment for minorities in this state.
  S  3. The commissioner of health shall establish a Minority Coordinat-
ing Council on Asthmatic Affairs. The commissioner shall appoint as many
members as he or she  determines  appropriate.  Such  members  shall  be
representative  of  those regions of the state with significant minority
populations and shall include health care professionals  with  knowledge
and  experience  in  the  prevention  and treatment of asthma and in the
areas of public health care funding. The council shall be  tasked  with:
(a)  assessing the asthma risk factors for the minority citizens of this
state, its counties and regions; (b) identifying the  existing  barriers
to  quality  asthma  treatment and care among minorities; (c) developing
action steps for addressing care issues; and (d) launching a  state-wide
asthma  awareness  campaign  to  educate citizens about the disease, its
symptoms, and the ability to better manage asthma through prevention and

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