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A02462 Summary:

BILL NOA02462A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07431-A
 
SPONSORBronson
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add 13-p, amd 2, Work Comp L; amd 8213, Ed L
 
Authorizes the care and treatment of injured employees by licensed or certified acupuncturists under the workers' compensation program.
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A02462 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A2462A
 
SPONSOR: Bronson
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the workers' compensation law and the education law, in relation to the care and treatment of injured employees by licensed or certified acupuncturists   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill authorizes the care and treatment of injured employees by a duly licensed and registered acupuncturist under the workers' compen- sation program.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 adds a new Section 13-p to the Workers' Compensation law to include licensed acupuncturists as eligible providers of treatment under the workers' compensation program.   JUSTIFICATION: The medical field of acupuncture provides positive health benefits to patients where traditional treatments have not been successful. The opportunity for patients to receive acupuncture services should not be denied in cases where physicians determine that the patient would bene- fit from the treatment. Acupuncturists in New York are granted licensure upon demonstration that they possess the professional skills and expertise required to assure quality of care and responsible practice of medicine. To be licensed in New York, acupuncturists not only must have national certification, and meet state education requirements, but they must also have extensive acupuncture clinical experience in general health problems, diagnosis and treatment. Current state workers' Compensation law allows for only licensed physi- cians and psychologists to be reimbursed for services. This bill allows those patients who would benefit most to receive specialized medical treatment from qualified acupuncturists. The bill would not result in increased costs to the state, since the need for acupuncture would be determined by a physician as an alterna- tive to other treatments, and not by the patient.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Vetoed 2014   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law, provided, that effective immediately, the addi- tion, amendment and/or repeal of any rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are author- ized and directed to be completed on or before such effective date.
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