senate Bill S7824

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Enacts the "Lydia Soto law"

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Feb 25, 2020 referred to health

S7824 (ACTIVE) - Details

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Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A9821
2017-2018: A7998
2021-2022: S410

S7824 (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.

S7824 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7824 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 25, 2020

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

AN ACT to establish a Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs


  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
and experience in the prevention and treatment  of  asthma  and  in  the
areas  of  public health care funding. The council shall be tasked with:
(a) assessing the asthma risk factors for the minority citizens of  this
state,  its  counties and regions; (b) identifying the existing barriers
to quality asthma treatment and care among  minorities;  (c)  developing
action  steps for addressing care issues; and (d) launching a state-wide
asthma awareness campaign to educate citizens  about  the  disease,  its
symptoms, and the ability to better manage asthma through prevention and

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


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