Senate Bill S6362

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Relates to including outpatient care provided by creative arts therapists in certain insurance policies

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Insurance Committee


  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2023-S6362 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6173
Current Committee:
Senate Insurance
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§3216, 3221 & 4303, Ins L

2023-S6362 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to including outpatient care provided by creative arts therapists in certain insurance policies covering care for other mental health services.

2023-S6362 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2023-S6362 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   6362
 
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              April 18, 2023
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  BROUK  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Insurance
 
 AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to  including  outpatient
   care  provided  by creative arts therapists in certain insurance poli-
   cies

   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Item (ii) of subparagraph (A) of paragraph 35 of subsection
 (i)  of  section  3216 of the insurance law, as amended by chapter 62 of
 the laws of 2023, is amended to read as follows:
   (ii) where the policy provides coverage for physician  services,  such
 policy shall include benefits for outpatient care provided by a psychia-
 trist  or  psychologist  licensed  to practice in this state, a licensed
 clinical social worker within the lawful scope of his or  her  practice,
 who is licensed pursuant to article one hundred fifty-four of the educa-
 tion  law,  a  mental  health  counselor, marriage and family therapist,
 CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIST, or psychoanalyst licensed pursuant  to  article
 one  hundred  sixty-three  of  the  education  law, a nurse practitioner
 licensed to practice in this state, or  a  professional  corporation  or
 university  faculty  practice corporation thereof.  Nothing herein shall
 be construed to modify or expand the  scope  of  practice  of  a  mental
 health  counselor,  marriage  and family therapist, CREATIVE ARTS THERA-
 PIST, or psychoanalyst licensed pursuant to article one  hundred  sixty-
 three  of  the education law. Further, nothing herein shall be construed
 to create a new mandated health benefit.
   § 2. Subparagraph (A) of paragraph 4 of subsection (l) of section 3221
 of the insurance law, as amended by chapter 62 of the laws of  2023,  is
 amended to read as follows:
   (A)  Every insurer delivering a group policy or issuing a group policy
 for delivery, in this state, that provides reimbursement for psychiatric
 or psychological services or for the diagnosis and treatment  of  mental
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD10142-01-3
              

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lholt
6 months ago

Many behavioral health out-patient clients may lose virtual supports if licensed creative arts therapists are excluded from certain insurance companies coverage.
Their mental health could deteriorate rapidly.
Please support
Thank you
Linden

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