|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Mar 03, 2021||referred to health|
senate Bill S5400
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Health Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S5400 (ACTIVE) - Details
S5400 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S5400 SPONSOR: HINCHEY TITLE OF BILL: 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 PURPOSE: The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that individuals have access to information about whether the hospital, or hospitals, in their area provides the care they seek prior to admission and to identify health care deserts in regions of the state. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the legislation includes legislative findings explaining the problem this legislation seeks to address and making clear that some health care denials violate existing state and federal law.
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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