assembly Bill A178

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Requires health insurers to provide coverage for long term medical care for Lyme disease and other tick borne related pathogens

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Jan 09, 2019 referred to insurance

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A178 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S426
Current Committee:
Assembly Insurance
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§3216, 3221 & 4303, Ins L; add §§209-M & 630-g, Tax L; add §97-cc, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A5174, S3478
2015-2016: A1277, S46
2017-2018: A114, S4713

A178 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires health insurers to provide coverage for long term medical care for Lyme disease and other tick borne related pathogens; provides for taxpayer gifts for tick borne illness research, detection and education; establishes the tick borne illness research, detection and education fund.

A178 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                   178

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. CAHILL, SANTABARBARA, OTIS, PALMESANO, WOERNER --
  Multi-Sponsored  by -- M. of A. BARRETT, COOK, GUNTHER, JAFFEE, LUPAR-
  DO, PERRY, RIVERA,  L. ROSENTHAL,  STECK,  THIELE  --  read  once  and
  referred to the Committee on Insurance

AN  ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to coverage of long term
  medical care for Lyme disease and other tick borne related  pathogens;
  and  to  amend  the  tax law and the state finance law, in relation to
  providing  for  taxpayer  gifts  for  tick  borne  illness   research,
  detection  and  education  and  establishing  the  tick  borne illness
  research, detection and education fund

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "tick borne
illness treatment and education act of 2019".
  § 2. Subsection (i) of section 3216 of the insurance law is amended by
adding a new paragraph 35 to read as follows:
  (35)  EVERY  INSURER ISSUING A POLICY OF ACCIDENT AND HEALTH INSURANCE
FOR DELIVERY IN THIS STATE SHALL PROVIDE  COVERAGE  FOR  ALL  COSTS  FOR
TREATMENT  OF  LYME  DISEASE  (LYME  BORRELIOSIS)  AND  OTHER TICK BORNE
RELATED PATHOGENS.  SUCH TREATMENT MAY  INCLUDE  INTRAVENOUS  ANTIBIOTIC
THERAPY,  ORAL ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY, OR ANY OTHER TREATMENT, OR ANY COMBI-
NATION OF TREATMENTS, PROVIDED SUCH TREATMENT IS RECOMMENDED BY A PHYSI-
CIAN LICENSED TO PRACTICE MEDICINE IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
  § 3. Subsection (k) of section 3221 of the insurance law is amended by
adding a new paragraph 22 to read as follows:
  (22) EVERY GROUP OR BLANKET POLICY DELIVERED OR ISSUED FOR DELIVERY IN
THIS STATE WHICH PROVIDES HOSPITAL, SURGICAL OR MEDICAL  COVERAGE  SHALL
PROVIDE  COVERAGE  FOR  ALL  COSTS  FOR  TREATMENT OF LYME DISEASE (LYME
BORRELIOSIS) AND OTHER TICK BORNE RELATED PATHOGENS.  SUCH TREATMENT MAY
INCLUDE INTRAVENOUS ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY, ORAL ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY, OR  ANY

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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