A09477 Summary:

BILL NOA09477A
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORHarris
 
COSPNSRAbbate, Abinanti, Blake, Colton, Cook, Corwin, Crouch, Cymbrowitz, Duprey, Gunther, Hyndman, Miller, Mosley, Peoples-Stokes, Robinson, Hunter
 
MLTSPNSRGalef, Sepulveda, Simon, Thiele
 
Amd 365-a, Soc Serv L
 
Makes care and services provided by licensed mental health practitioners eligible for coverage under the Medicaid program.
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A09477 Actions:

BILL NOA09477A
 
03/10/2016referred to health
05/04/2016amend (t) and recommit to health
05/04/2016print number 9477a
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A09477 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A9477A
 
SPONSOR: Harris (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to making care and services provided by licensed mental health practitioners eligible for coverage under the Medicaid program   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to allow individuals to receive Medicaid program coverage for receiving care and services from licensed mental health counselors.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would amend Subdivision 2 of section 365-a of the social services law to allow for care and services provided by mental health practitioners licensed pursuant to Article 163 of the education law, including such care and services provided in a hospital out-patient or clinic facility referred to in paragraph C of subdivision 2 of section 365-a of the social services law, to be covered under New York State Medicaid program.   JUSTIFICATION: According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one in four American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental illness, making the work performed by mental health professionals all the more crucial to those with psychological problems. Those individuals suffering with mental health disorders make up a large number of New Yorkers who need Medicaid assistance to cover their medical expenses. The New York State Department of Health's website states that Medicaid does not cover all services provided by licensed mental health counselors. The status quo of excluding mental health counselors from recognized providers within the Medicaid program results in undue hardship for individuals, fami- lies, and our communities. Access to Medicaid assistance should be open to everyone and individuals should be able to receive treatment for behavioral health disorders without facing the pressure of burdensome medical expenses.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013-2014: A9678 - Referred to Health. 2015-2016   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninety-first day after it shall have become a law.
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A09477 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         9477--A
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     March 10, 2016
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. HARRIS, ABBATE, ABINANTI, BLAKE, COLTON, COOK,
          CORWIN, CROUCH, CYMBROWITZ, DUPREY, GUNTHER, HYNDMAN, MILLER,  MOSLEY,
          PEOPLES-STOKES,  ROBINSON,  HUNTER  --  Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
          SEPULVEDA, SIMON, THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on
          Health -- committee discharged, bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as
          amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN  ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to making care and
          services provided by licensed mental health practitioners eligible for
          coverage under the Medicaid program
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  Legislative intent. Whereas Medicaid covers mental health
     2  services in New York state to psychiatrists,  psychologists  and  social
     3  workers,  Medicaid  does  not  recognize  New York state licensed mental
     4  health practitioners as providers within the  Medicaid  program.  Mental
     5  health practitioners are often the only mental health providers in urban
     6  underserved  minority  communities.  A  critical  result of this lack of
     7  providers is that minority communities bear a disproportionate number of
     8  burdens of mental health disabilities and  inadequately  treated  mental
     9  health  disorders.  Excluding  mental health practitioners from treating
    10  Medicaid beneficiaries with untreated mental illness puts such benefici-
    11  aries disproportionately  at  risk  for  engagement  with  the  criminal
    12  justice  system. This puts individuals, families and communities at risk
    13  of harm.  Approximately 26 percent of adults  experience  a  diagnosable
    14  behavioral  health  disorder each year, and researchers have reported 20
    15  percent of adolescents display psychological problems. Behavioral health
    16  disorders, ranging from inattention to violence are often  a  result  of
    17  those psychological problems.
    18    Mental  health  practitioners  are valuable providers of mental health
    19  services in New York state. Unfortunately Medicaid  does  not  recognize
    20  their important contribution to the present health care delivery system.
    21    §  2.  Subdivision  2  of  section 365-a of the social services law is
    22  amended by adding a new paragraph (dd) to read as follows:
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD08250-03-6

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     1    (dd)  care  and  services  provided  by  mental  health  practitioners
     2  licensed  pursuant  to  article one hundred sixty-three of the education
     3  law, including such care and services provided in a hospital out-patient
     4  or clinic facility referred to in paragraph (c) of this subdivision.
     5    § 3. This act shall take effect on the ninety-first day after it shall
     6  have become a law.
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