senate Bill S8539

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Directs the superintendent of financial services to study the relationship between patient access to care and treatment of Lyme disease and health insurance coverage

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 16, 2018 referred to insurance
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 14, 2018 ordered to third reading cal.1157
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 09, 2018 referred to insurance

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S8539 - Details

Law Section:
Financial Services

S8539 - Summary

Directs the superintendent of financial services, in consultation with the commissioner of health, to study the relationship between patient access to care and treatment of Lyme disease and health insurance coverage.

S8539 - Sponsor Memo

S8539 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  8539

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 9, 2018
                               ___________

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

AN ACT directing the superintendent of financial services to  study  the
  relationship  between  patient  access  to  care and treatment of Lyme
  disease and health insurance coverage

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

  Section  1. The legislature hereby finds that the increasing number of
Lyme disease and tick-borne related diseases in  New  York  state  high-
lights  the  need  to examine the relationship between patient access to
care and treatment of Lyme disease and health insurance coverage.   Lyme
disease  is  one of several tick-borne diseases that may result in symp-
toms including, but not  limited  to,  extreme  and  long-term  fatigue,
nausea,  depression,  and  joint  pain.  Lyme disease is the most common
vector-borne illness in the United States and New York is one of a group
of 14 states that account  for  95%  of  cases  in  the  United  States.
According  to the New York State Department of Health, over 20,000 cases
of Lyme disease were diagnosed between years 2012 and 2014.
  S 2. The superintendent of financial services,  in  consultation  with
the  commissioner of health, shall review the status of health insurance
coverage for the treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne  related
diseases, and make recommendations regarding potential changes to insur-
ance  coverage  requirements  and parameters. Such review shall include,
but not be limited to:
  (a) The current range of insurance coverage for the treatment of  Lyme
and other tick-borne related diseases within New York State;
  (b)  Reasons  for insurer denial of coverage for the treatment of Lyme
and other tick-borne related diseases;
  (c) Insurance coverage required by other states for the  treatment  of
symptoms  related  to Lyme and other tick-borne diseases and their esti-
mated costs and payment models;
  (d) The estimated cost of expanding  coverage  for  the  treatment  of
symptoms related to Lyme disease and other tick-borne related diseases.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13140-01-7

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