assembly Bill A7998

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Enacts the "Lydia Soto law"

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Jan 03, 2018 referred to health
May 25, 2017 referred to health

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A7998 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Health
Law Section:
Health
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A9821
2019-2020: A5131

A7998 (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.

A7998 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                  7998

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              May 25, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by M. of A. ARROYO -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ABINAN-
  TI, BENEDETTO, BICHOTTE, BLAKE, BUCHWALD, COOK, CRESPO, DAVILA, DILAN,
  DINOWITZ, FARRELL, GALEF, GUNTHER, HEVESI,  HOOPER,  HYNDMAN,  JAFFEE,
  JEAN-PIERRE, JOYNER, LOPEZ, M. G. MILLER, MOSLEY, ORTIZ, OTIS, PAULIN,
  PEOPLES-STOKES,  PERRY, PICHARDO, PRETLOW, RIVERA, RODRIGUEZ, SEPULVE-
  DA, SIMON, STECK, TITONE, TITUS,  WALKER,  WEPRIN  --  read  once  and
  referred to the Committee on Health

AN ACT to establish a Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs

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

  Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
the "Lydia Soto law".
  §  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.
  §  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

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