BILL NO A01264
SAME AS S02421
Amd S365-a, Soc Serv L
Requires medical assistance be provided to victims of domestic violence, as
defined in section 459-a of this chapter, to care for and treat any scarring
from the domestic violence incident.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A1264
SPONSOR: Rosenthal (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation
to providing medical assistance to needy persons for the care and treat-
ment of scarring resulting from domestic abuse
PURPOSE: Requires medical assistance to be provided to victims of
domestic violence to care for and treat any scarring resulting from the
domestic violence incident.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Provides coverage under Medicaid for any physi-
cian services and surgical services, including plastic surgery, needed
to care for scarring suffered by victim of domestic abuse.
JUSTIFICATION: According to the CDC nearly 2 million injuries result
nationwide every year as a result of domestic violence (CDC 2003). Many
of these injuries result in permanent scarring which could be corrected
or minimized with plastic surgery. Victims already suffering from the
emotional, physical and mental damage from being abused are often left
with permanent and constant reminders of their attacks through the scars
that result from their injuries.
This bill will allow victims to receive coverage that will provide
medical attention like plastic surgery that will help alleviate some of
the pain and permanent visible damage done by their abuser.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.715 of 2013-2014 A.1476 of 2011-2012
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twenti-
eth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
January 8, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. ROSENTHAL -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. PERRY
-- read once and referred to the Committee on Health
AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to providing
medical assistance to needy persons for the care and treatment of
scarring resulting from domestic abuse
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Subdivision 5 of section 365-a of the social services law
2 is amended by adding a new paragraph (f) to read as follows:
3 (f) Medical assistance shall include physician services and any surgi-
4 cal services, including plastic surgery, that are necessary to care for
5 and treat any scarring or scar tissue that formed as the result of an
6 incident of domestic violence as defined in section four hundred fifty-
7 nine-a of this chapter.
8 § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
9 it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the commissioner of
10 health shall establish rules for acceptable forms of proof of an inci-
11 dent of domestic violence.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.