senate Bill S559

Signed By Governor
2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to determining whether the state can claim federal financial participation for coverage of and payment for certain prescription digital therapeutics

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Dec 30, 2022 approval memo.102
signed chap.824
Dec 19, 2022 delivered to governor
May 31, 2022 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.445
substituted for a3642
May 16, 2022 referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Feb 17, 2022 advanced to third reading
Feb 16, 2022 2nd report cal.
Feb 15, 2022 1st report cal.514
Jan 05, 2022 referred to health
Jan 06, 2021 referred to health


S559 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Medical Assistance
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S8316, A10385

S559 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the department of health to request guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to determine whether the state can claim federal financial participation for coverage of and payment for certain prescription digital therapeutics.

S559 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S559 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                              January 6, 2021
 Introduced  by Sen. HARCKHAM -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Health
 AN ACT in relation to determining whether the state  can  claim  federal
   financial  participation  for  coverage  of  and  payment  for certain
   prescription digital therapeutics
   Section  1. Legislative finding and declaration. New Yorkers in recov-
 ery for substance and opioid use disorders and in treatment  for  mental
 health  conditions  are  losing  access to in-person treatment under the
 state's "stay at home" and social distancing orders as part of coronavi-
 rus pandemic mitigation efforts. In recent news  reports,  experts  warn
 that  the  coronavirus  pandemic may be "a national relapse trigger" for
 individuals in treatment for alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijua-
 na, and heroin addiction.  Prescription Digital Therapeutics (PDTs)  are
 new,  software-based  disease  treatments  designed  to  directly  treat
 disease, tested for safety and efficacy in randomized  clinical  trials,
 evaluated  by  the  FDA,  and  prescribed by healthcare providers. These
 therapies are designed and tested  much  like  traditional  prescription
 drugs  with  one distinction: rather than swallowing a pill or taking an
 injection, patients are treated  with  software.  Certain  PDTs  provide
 clinicians  and patients with evidence-based remote treatment modalities
 to treat substance and opioid use disorders, mental  health,  and  other
 diseases  and  conditions.  However, there is no clear statutory benefit
 category to allow Medicaid coverage for PDTs. In light of the promise of
 PDTs for the treatment of patients with substance  use  and  opioid  use
 disorders  during  the  coronavirus  pandemic,  this  legislation  would
 require that the New York state department of health seek guidance  from
 the  Centers  for  Medicare and Medicaid Services relative to a coverage

  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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