senate Bill S647

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to prohibiting insurance coverage for physician assisted suicide

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Insurance Committee


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Jan 08, 2020 referred to insurance
Jan 09, 2019 referred to insurance

S647 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Insurance
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§3216, 3221 & 4303, Ins L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S3989

S647 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to prohibiting insurance coverage for assisted suicide; disallowing any individual, group, or contract insurance from covering physician-assisted suicide, including but not limited to, aid-in-dying prescription drugs.

S647 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S647 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                   647

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2019
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to prohibiting  insurance
  coverage for physician assisted suicide

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

  Section 1. Section 3216 of the insurance law is amended  by  adding  a
new subsection (n) to read as follows:
  (N) (1) NO POLICY DELIVERED OR ISSUED FOR DELIVERY IN THIS STATE SHALL
PROVIDE  COVERAGE  FOR  PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED  SUICIDE,  INCLUDING  BUT NOT
LIMITED TO, COVERAGE FOR ANY AID-IN-DYING PRESCRIPTION DRUG.
  (2) FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBSECTION "PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE" SHALL
MEAN THE VOLUNTARY TERMINATION OF ONE'S OWN LIFE BY ADMINISTRATION OF  A
LETHAL  SUBSTANCE  WITH THE DIRECT OR INDIRECT ASSISTANCE OF A PHYSICIAN
AND "AID-IN-DYING PRESCRIPTION DRUG" SHALL MEAN A  DRUG  DETERMINED  AND
PRESCRIBED  BY A PHYSICIAN WHICH AN INDIVIDUAL MAY CHOOSE TO SELF-ADMIN-
ISTER TO BRING ABOUT HIS OR HER DEATH.
  § 2. Section 3221 of the insurance law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
subsection (t) to read as follows:
  (T)  (1)  NO  POLICY OF GROUP OR BLANKET ACCIDENT AND HEALTH INSURANCE
SHALL PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE, INCLUDING BUT NOT
LIMITED TO, COVERAGE FOR ANY AID-IN-DYING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.
  (2) FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBSECTION "PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE" SHALL
MEAN VOLUNTARY TERMINATION OF ONE'S OWN  LIFE  BY  ADMINISTRATION  OF  A
LETHAL  SUBSTANCE  WITH THE DIRECT OR INDIRECT ASSISTANCE OF A PHYSICIAN
AND "AID-IN-DYING PRESCRIPTION DRUG" SHALL MEAN A  DRUG  DETERMINED  AND
PRESCRIBED  BY A PHYSICIAN WHICH AN INDIVIDUAL MAY CHOOSE TO SELF-ADMIN-
ISTER TO BRING ABOUT HIS OR HER DEATH.
  § 3. Section 4303 of the insurance law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
subsection (ss) to read as follows:

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

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