Creates an education and outreach program for the autoimmune disease known as lupus; provides for an advisory council consisting of representatives of people with lupus and their families and health care providers who specialize in treating lupus.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A3072A
SPONSOR: Peoples-Stokes (MS)
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the public health law, in relation to the lupus educa-
tion and outreach program
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To create a statewide program within the Department of Health to promote
awareness to the public and health care professionals concerning the
causes and consequences of Lupus
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The Commissioner of Health shall establish, promote and maintain, within
the department, a Lupus education and awareness program with an emphasis
on minority populations and at risk communities to raise public aware-
ness, educate consumers, and educate and train health professionals,
human services providers and other audiences. This bill also allows the
Department to accept gifts, grants, and donations from the federal
government, foundations or other organizations and entities for fulfill-
ing the obligations of the program.
Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of
the body, especially the skin, joints, blood and kidneys. Lupus is often
called a "Women's Disease" despite the fact that many men are affected.
Lupus affects more than 1.5 million people in the United States. Lupus
can occur at any age, and in either sex, although it occurs 10-15 times
more frequently among adult females than among adult males after puber-
ty. About 9 out of 10 people who have Lupus are women. Lupus is three
times more common in black women than in white women. It is also more
common in women of Hispanic/Latina, Asian, and American Indian descent.
Black and Hispanic/Latina women tend to develop symptoms at an earlier
age than other women.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: A.5854-Referred to Health, Reported to Ways and Means/
S.3679-Referred to Health,
2011-12: A.459-Referred to Health, Reported Ways and Means, Passed
Assembly/ S. 5114-Referred to Health, Reported-Finance A.8461 of 2014
referred to Health/ S.5178 referred to health. Reported and committed to
This Act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
January 22, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. PEOPLES-STOKES, BRINDISI, TITONE, THIELE, McDO-
NALD -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health -- reported
and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means -- committee
discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
to said committee
AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to the lupus educa-
tion and outreach program
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds the
3 (a) Lupus is a serious, complex, debilitating autoimmune disease that
4 can cause inflammation and tissue damage to virtually any organ system
5 in the body, including the skin, joints, other connective tissue, blood
6 and blood vessels, heart, lungs, kidney, and brain.
7 (b) Lupus research estimates that approximately one and a half to two
8 million Americans live with some form of lupus; lupus affects women nine
9 times more often than men and eighty percent of newly diagnosed cases of
10 lupus develop among women of childbearing age.
11 (c) Lupus disproportionately affects women of color -- it is two to
12 three times more common among African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians and
13 Native Americans and is generally more prevalent in minority populations
14 -- a health disparity that remains unexplained. According to the Centers
15 for Disease Control and Prevention the rate of lupus mortality has
16 increased since the late 1970s and is higher among older African-Ameri-
17 can women.
18 (d) No new drugs have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminis-
19 tration specifically for lupus in nearly forty years and while current
20 treatments for the disease can be effective, they can lead to damaging
21 side effects.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 (e) The pain and fatigue associated with lupus can threaten people's
2 ability to live independently, make it difficult to maintain employment
3 and lead normal lives, and one in five people with lupus is disabled by
4 the disease, and consequently receives support from government programs,
5 including Medicare, Medicaid, social security disability, and social
6 security supplemental income.
7 (f) The estimated average annual cost of medical treatment for an
8 individual with lupus can range between ten thousand dollars and thirty
9 thousand dollars; for people who have the most serious form of lupus,
10 medical costs can greatly exceed this amount, causing a significant
11 economic, emotional and social burden to the entire family and society.
12 (g) More than half of the people with lupus suffer four or more years
13 and visit three or more physicians before obtaining a diagnosis of
14 lupus; early diagnosis of and commencement of treatment for lupus can
15 prevent or reduce serious organ damage, disability, and death.
16 (h) Despite the magnitude of lupus and its impact on individuals and
17 families, health professional and public understanding of lupus remains
18 low; only one of five Americans can provide even basic information about
19 lupus, and awareness of lupus is lowest among adults ages eighteen to
20 thirty-four -- the age group most likely to develop symptoms of lupus.
21 (i) Lupus is a significant national health issue that deserves a
22 comprehensive and coordinated response by state and federal governments
23 with involvement of the health care provider, patient, and public health
25 § 2. Subdivision 1 of section 207 of the public health law is amended
26 by adding a new paragraph (m) to read as follows:
27 (m) Lupus, a debilitating autoimmune disease that can cause inflamma-
28 tion and tissue damage to virtually any organ system in the body,
29 including the skin, joints, other connective tissue, blood and blood
30 vessels, heart, lung, kidney and brain, and which affects women, partic-
31 ularly women of color, in a disproportionate manner; provided that the
32 program shall include an advisory council under this section that shall
33 include representatives of people with lupus and their families and
34 health care providers who specialize in treating lupus, among others.
35 § 3. Subdivision 7 of section 207 of the public health law, as amended
36 by section 16 of part A of chapter 109 of the laws of 2010, is amended
37 to read as follows:
38 7. In addition to state funds appropriated for programs under this
39 section, the commissioner may accept grants from public or private
40 sources for these programs. The commissioner, in administering this
41 section, shall seek to coordinate the department's programs with other
42 public and private programs, and may undertake joint or cooperative
43 programs with other public or private entities, including making grants
44 (within amounts appropriated therefor and consistent with applicable
45 law) to public or not-for-profit entities.
46 § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.