Senate Passes Bill to Create Website for Women's Health Initiatives

May 07, 2014

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S3817), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau), that would direct the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to establish an internet website devoted to women's health initiatives.

Senator Hannon said, “This legislation will establish an up-to-date, Department of Health website to assist women in understanding the health initiatives and expansion of covered services that have taken effect.  The federal government already has such a website, but New Yorkers should be able to access a similar site which is specific to our State.”

The website would provide crucial and timely information on health issues and initiatives for women. The availability of such educational materials and resources will help raise awareness among women in the state of New York, while also encouraging use of services that are widely available. 

The establishment of an up-to-date website would help ensure women know the 22 preventative health services that do not require a patient deductible or co-pay under federal law. The DOH would also be advised to consider use of social media to advance women's health initiatives.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.