A04395 Summary:

BILL NO    A04395 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Palmesano (MS)

COSPNSR    Raia

MLTSPNSR   Blankenbush, Crouch, Finch, Lopez, McLaughlin, Tenney

Amd SS677 & 677-a, Ed L

Relates to funds used for the physician loan repayment program and the regents
physicians loan foregiveness program for physicians practicing in designated
physician shortage areas and creates the medical malpractice rate relief
program within the regents physician loan forgiveness program in designated
physician shortage areas.
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A04395 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A4395

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the education law, in relation to
funds used in the physician loan repayment program and the regents
physician loan forgiveness program for physicians practicing in
designated physician shortage areas

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To expand the Regents Physician Loan
Forgiveness Program, and also designate that a portion of the Program
be dedicated to physicians that practice in designated physician
shortage areas in counties with less than 160,000. Additionally, this
program would be expanded to include medical malpractice insurance
rate relief to the eligible physicians, whose eligibility is set forth
by the Commissioner of Health, who practice in areas that are
designated as having physician shortages by the Commissioner of
Health.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends Section 677 of the
Education Law by adding a new subdivision 4 establishing the medical
malpractice rate relief program. This program would entitle physicians
practicing in designated physician shortage areas in counties with
less than 160,000 people to medical malpractice rate relief in an
amount determined by the commissioner of health.

Section 2 amends Section 677 -a of the Education Law by renumbering
its subdivision 4 as subdivision 5 and adding a new subdivision 4 that
mandates that a minimum of twenty-five percent of all funds in the
physician loan repayment program be dedicated to physicians practicing
in designated physician shortage areas in counties with less than
160,000 people.

JUSTIFICATION: New York State faces an ever increasing crisis of
shortages of physicians for both primary care physicians and in
specialty areas, especially in rural areas of New York. Physicians are
either retiring or leaving the State to practice elsewhere. Two of the
reasons for this exodus are the ability to make more money elsewhere
and lower medical malpractice rates. This legislation will target
physician shortages in rural areas of the State by providing relief to
physicians in the form of targeted loan forgiveness and medical
malpractice rate relief.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:  2014A.4780- held for consideration: Higher
Education Committee 2012A.7396- held for consideration: Higher
Education Committee 2010A.5252- held for consideration: Higher
Education Committee 2008A.9660- held for consideration: Higher
Education Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Subject to appropriation.

EFFECTIVE DATE:  Immediately.
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A04395 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         4395

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                   January 30, 2015
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  PALMESANO  -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
         BLANKENBUSH, CROUCH,  FINCH,  McLAUGHLIN,  TENNEY  --  read  once  and
         referred to the Committee on Higher Education

       AN  ACT  to  amend  the  education law, in relation to funds used in the
         physician loan  repayment  program  and  the  regents  physician  loan
         forgiveness  program for physicians practicing in designated physician
         shortage areas

         THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section 1. Section 677 of the education law is amended by adding a new
    2  subdivision 4 to read as follows:
    3    4.  MEDICAL  MALPRACTICE RATE RELIEF PROGRAM. A. PHYSICIANS PRACTICING
    4  IN DESIGNATED PHYSICIAN SHORTAGE AREAS IN COUNTIES WITH A POPULATION  OF
    5  LESS  THAN ONE HUNDRED SIXTY THOUSAND, ACCORDING TO THE DECENNIAL CENSUS
    6  OF TWO THOUSAND, SHALL BE AWARDED MEDICAL MALPRACTICE RATE RELIEF IN  AN
    7  AMOUNT TO BE DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH.
    8    B.  THE  COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS
    9  REGARDING PROGRAM GUIDELINES AND THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR PHYSI-
   10  CIANS.
   11    S 2. Subdivision 4 of section 677-a of the education law is renumbered
   12  subdivision 5 and a new subdivision 4 is added to read as follows:
   13    4. PHYSICIANS PRACTICING IN DESIGNATED PHYSICIAN SHORTAGE AREAS.  A. A
   14  MINIMUM OF TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF ALL FUNDS USED IN THIS  PROGRAM  SHALL
   15  BE  DEDICATED  TO PHYSICIANS PRACTICING IN DESIGNATED PHYSICIAN SHORTAGE
   16  AREAS IN COUNTIES WITH A POPULATION OF LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED SIXTY THOU-
   17  SAND, ACCORDING TO THE DECENNIAL CENSUS OF TWO THOUSAND.
   18    B. ANY UNDISTRIBUTED AMOUNTS REMAINING FROM PARAGRAPH A OF THIS SUBDI-
   19  VISION SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION  BY  THE  PRESIDENT  FOR  THE
   20  PHYSICIAN  LOAN  REPAYMENT PROGRAM PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISIONS ONE, TWO AND
   21  THREE OF THIS SECTION.
   22    S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD08133-01-5
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