senate Bill S5400

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to providing information to patients and the public on policy-based exclusions

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Health Committee


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Mar 03, 2021 referred to health

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S5400 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6334
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §2803, Pub Health L; amd §§3217-a & 4324, Ins L

S5400 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to providing information to patients and the public on policy-based exclusions; requires the commissioner of health to collect from each general hospital a list of its policy-based exclusions and publish such information on the department's website.

S5400 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5400 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   5400
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               March 3, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen. HINCHEY -- 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 insurance law, in relation
   to providing information to patients and the  public  on  policy-based
   exclusions

   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature finds that since 2003
 more than 40 community hospitals in New York state have closed.
   The legislature additionally  finds  that  as  a  result  of  hospital
 consolidation,  large  health  care  systems  now  control  more than 70
 percent of acute hospital beds in the state and that these systems some-
 times remove categories of care from local hospitals,  leaving  patients
 in  regions  of  the  state  without access to particular types of care,
 including some types of emergency care.
   The legislature further finds that patients do not have the ability to
 determine whether the hospital, or hospitals, in their area provides the
 care they seek, because information about  how  hospitals'  restrictions
 impact options for care is too difficult to obtain.
   The  legislature  also  finds that denials of care can lead to serious
 adverse health impacts that jeopardize individuals' lives and  wellbeing
 and  that New York needs to understand health care gaps and their impact
 statewide.
   Finally, the legislature finds that some denials of care violate state
 and federal law.
   § 2. Section 2803 of the public health law is amended by adding a  new
 subdivision 13 to read as follows:
   13.  (A)  THE  COMMISSIONER  OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE SHALL COLLECT FROM
 EACH GENERAL HOSPITAL A LIST OF ITS POLICY-BASED EXCLUSIONS ON AN ANNUAL
 BASIS.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD09581-01-1

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