A09477 Summary:

BILL NOA09477
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07067
 
SPONSORHarris
 
COSPNSRAbbate, Abinanti, Blake, Colton, Cook, Corwin, Crouch, Cymbrowitz, Duprey, Gunther, Hyndman, Miller, Mosley, Peoples-Stokes, Robinson, Hunter
 
MLTSPNSRSepulveda, Simon, Thiele
 
Amd 365-a, Soc Serv L
 
Makes care and services provided by licensed mental health counselors eligible for coverage under the Medicaid program.
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A09477 Actions:

BILL NOA09477
 
03/10/2016referred to health
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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: A9477
 
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 counselors 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 by requiring all care and services provided by mental health counselors licensed under section 8402 of the education law, as well as care and services provided in a hospital 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
 
                   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 -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. SEPULVEDA,
          SIMON, THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health
 
        AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to making care  and
          services  provided  by  licensed mental health counselors 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 counselors as  providers  within  the  Medicaid  program.  Mental
     5  health  counselors  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 counselors from treating Medi-
    10  caid beneficiaries with untreated mental illness puts such beneficiaries
    11  disproportionately at risk for  engagement  with  the  criminal  justice
    12  system. This puts individuals, families and communities at risk of harm.
    13  Approximately  26  percent of adults experience a diagnosable behavioral
    14  health disorder each year, and researchers have reported 20  percent  of
    15  adolescents display psychological problems. Behavioral health disorders,
    16  ranging from inattention to violence are often a result of those psycho-
    17  logical problems.
    18    Mental  health counselors represent over 40 percent of licensed mental
    19  health practitioners in New York state. Unfortunately Medicaid does  not
    20  recognize their important contribution to the present health care deliv-
    21  ery system.
    22    §  2.  Subdivision  2  of  section 365-a of the social services law is
    23  amended by adding a new paragraph (dd) to read as follows:
    24    (dd) care and services provided by mental health  counselors  licensed
    25  pursuant  to  section  eighty-four  hundred  two  of  the education law,
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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     1  including such care and services provided in a hospital  out-patient  or
     2  clinic facility referred to in paragraph (c) of this subdivision.
     3    § 3. This act shall take effect on the ninety-first day after it shall
     4  have become a law.
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