senate Bill S6078

Signed By Governor
2017-2018 Legislative Session

Relates to prohibiting charges for certain health records needed for government benefits or programs

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

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view actions (13)
Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Sep 13, 2017 signed chap.322
Sep 01, 2017 delivered to governor
Jun 20, 2017 returned to senate
passed assembly
Jun 19, 2017 ordered to third reading rules cal.409
substituted for a7842
referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 05, 2017 advanced to third reading
May 24, 2017 2nd report cal.
May 23, 2017 1st report cal.1160
May 11, 2017 referred to health


S6078 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§17 & 18, Pub Health L; amd §33.16, Ment Hyg L

S6078 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to health record access for government benefits or programs; prohibits providers and facilities from charging fees for providing access to or copies of records needed by a patient for an application, claim or appeal for a government benefit or program.

S6078 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6078 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 11, 2017

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

AN ACT to amend the public health law and the  mental  hygiene  law,  in
  relation to health record access for a government benefit or program


  Section 1. The first undesignated  paragraph  of  section  17  of  the
public  health  law,  as  amended by chapter 576 of the laws of 1998, is
amended to read as follows:
  Upon the written request of any competent patient, parent or  guardian
of an infant, a guardian appointed pursuant to article eighty-one of the
mental  hygiene  law,  or  conservator  of  a conservatee, an examining,
consulting or treating physician or hospital must release  and  deliver,
exclusive of personal notes of the said physician or hospital, copies of
all  x-rays,  medical  records and test records including all laboratory
tests regarding that patient to any other designated physician or hospi-
tal provided, however, that such records concerning the treatment of  an
infant  patient  for  venereal disease or the performance of an abortion
operation upon such infant patient shall  not  be  released  or  in  any
manner  be  made available to the parent or guardian of such infant, and
provided, further, that original mammograms, rather than copies thereof,
shall be released and delivered. Either the physician or hospital incur-
ring the expense of providing copies of x-rays, medical records and test
records including all laboratory tests pursuant  to  the  provisions  of
this  section  may  impose  a reasonable charge to be paid by the person
requesting the release and deliverance of such records as  reimbursement
for such expenses, provided, however, that the physician or hospital may
not  impose a charge for copying an original mammogram when the original
has been released or delivered to any competent patient, parent or guar-
dian of an infant, a guardian appointed pursuant to  article  eighty-one
of  the  mental  hygiene  law,  or  a  conservator  of a conservatee and

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


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