assembly Bill A3159

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Criminalizes acting as a runner or soliciting or employing a runner to procure patients or clients

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Jan 22, 2021 referred to codes

A3159 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§176.00 & 460.10, add §§176.85 - 176.95, Pen L; amd §700.05, CP L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A9768
2013-2014: A4597
2015-2016: A862
2017-2018: A1901
2019-2020: A4599

A3159 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Criminalizes acting as a runner or soliciting or employing a runner to procure patients or clients.

A3159 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   3159
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                             January 22, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by M. of A. PRETLOW -- read once and referred to the Commit-
   tee on Codes
 
 AN ACT to amend the  penal  law  and  the  criminal  procedure  law,  in
   relation  to criminalizing acting as a runner or soliciting or employ-
   ing a runner to procure patients or clients

   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1.  Section 176.00 of the penal law is amended by adding four
 new subdivisions 6, 7, 8 and 9 to read as follows:
   6. "PROVIDER" MEANS AN ATTORNEY, A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL, AN  OWNER
 OR  OPERATOR  OF  A  HEALTH  CARE  PRACTICE  OR FACILITY, ANY PERSON WHO
 CREATES THE IMPRESSION THAT HE OR  SHE,  OR  HIS  OR  HER  PRACTICE  CAN
 PROVIDE  LEGAL OR HEALTH CARE SERVICES, ANY PERSON EMPLOYED OR ACTING ON
 BEHALF OF ANY  SUCH  PERSON,  OR  ANY  PERSON  PROVIDING  MANAGEMENT  OR
 CONSULTING SERVICES TO ANY SUCH PERSON.
   7.  "PUBLIC  MEDIA" MEANS TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES, PROFESSIONAL DIRECTO-
 RIES, NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER  PERIODICALS,  RADIO  AND  TELEVISION,  BILL-
 BOARDS,  AND MAILED OR ELECTRONICALLY TRANSMITTED WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS
 THAT DO NOT INVOLVE DIRECT CONTACT WITH A SPECIFIC  PROSPECTIVE  CLIENT,
 PATIENT, OR CUSTOMER.
   8.  "RUNNER"  MEANS A PERSON WHO, FOR A PECUNIARY BENEFIT, PROCURES OR
 ATTEMPTS TO PROCURE A CLIENT, PATIENT OR CUSTOMER AT THE  DIRECTION  OF,
 REQUEST OF OR IN COOPERATION WITH A PROVIDER WHOSE PURPOSE IS TO SEEK TO
 OBTAIN  BENEFITS UNDER A CONTRACT OF INSURANCE OR ASSERT A CLAIM AGAINST
 AN INSURED OR AN INSURANCE CARRIER FOR PROVIDING SERVICES TO THE CLIENT,
 PATIENT OR CUSTOMER, OR TO OBTAIN  BENEFITS  UNDER  OR  ASSERT  A  CLAIM
 AGAINST  A STATE OR FEDERAL HEALTH CARE BENEFITS PROGRAM OR PRESCRIPTION
 DRUG ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.  "RUNNER" SHALL NOT INCLUDE (A)  A  PERSON  WHO
 PROCURES  OR  ATTEMPTS  TO  PROCURE CLIENTS, PATIENTS OR CUSTOMERS FOR A
 PROVIDER THROUGH PUBLIC MEDIA; (B) A PERSON WHO REFERS CLIENTS, PATIENTS
 OR CUSTOMERS AS OTHERWISE AUTHORIZED BY LAW; OR (C) A PERSON WHO, AS  AN
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.