A04465 Summary:

Add Art 2 Title 6 S266, Pub Health L
Directs the department of health to establish an internet website to advance women's health initiatives.
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A04465 Actions:

02/05/2013referred to health
04/26/2013amend (t) and recommit to health
04/26/2013print number 4465a
01/08/2014referred to health
04/29/2014reported referred to ways and means
05/30/2014advanced to third reading cal.804
06/02/2014substituted by s3817
 05/07/2013PASSED SENATE
 05/07/2013referred to health
 01/08/2014died in assembly
 01/08/2014returned to senate
 02/27/20141ST REPORT CAL.203
 03/03/20142ND REPORT CAL.
 05/07/2014PASSED SENATE
 05/07/2014referred to ways and means
 06/02/2014substituted for a4465a
 06/02/2014ordered to third reading cal.804
 06/02/2014passed assembly
 06/02/2014returned to senate
 09/04/2014SIGNED CHAP.342
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A04465 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to establishing a women's health website   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish an Internet website to advance women's health initiatives.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one creates a new title under which the DOH shall establish and maintain an Internet website for the purpose of advancing women's health initiatives. Information shall be provided for the purposes of educating the public and raising awareness of women's health issues. Information and links to useful resources shall be provided to encourage use of services now made more widely available to women in the State of New York. The website shall also include information detailing the 22 preventative services now covered pursuant to Federal Law and Regu- lations. This section also requires the DOH to consider mating use of social media networks for the purposes of further advancing women's health initiatives. Section two establishes that this legislation shall take effect imme- diately upon passage.   JUSTIFICATION: The Affordable Care Act makes several changes to public programs, insurance and other aspects of health policy that affect women's health. In 2010, provisions took effect on the Federal level and were implemented into State Law which expands coverage of certain preventative measures for women's health. The establishment of an up-to-date website would greatly assist women in understanding these and other changes as they take effect. Further, the website should provide timely information on health issues of importance to women. The availability of such educational materials and resources will help raise awareness among women. The Federal Govern- ment provides a website (www.womenshealth.aov) for similar purposes. New Yorkers should have access to a similar site specific to New York. When considering the policy options to improve the health of women, one suggestion presented by the National Conference of State legislatures was to support policies that effectively use alternative National Conference of State legislatures was to support policies that effec- tively use alternative media (i.e. social networking) for the purposes of promoting and communicating with women.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Similar to A. 10756 and S. 7330 of 2011/2012   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: There are no fiscal implications connected to the passage of this legislation.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A04465 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2013-2014 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 5, 2013
        Introduced  by M. of A. GALEF -- 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 public health law, in relation to establishing a
          women's health website

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Article 2 of the public health law is amended by adding a
     2  new title VI to read as follows:
     3                                   TITLE VI
     4                               WOMEN'S HEALTH
     5  Section 266. Department website.
     6    § 266. Department website. 1. The department shall establish and main-
     7  tain an internet website for the purpose  of  advancing  women's  health
     8  initiatives.   The website shall provide information for the purposes of
     9  educating the public and raising awareness  of  women's  health  issues,
    10  provide  links to useful resources and encourage the use of services now

    11  made more widely available to the women of New York state.  The  website
    12  shall  also  promote  the  following  preventative  services now covered
    13  pursuant to federal law and regulation, and explain that  such  services
    14  must be covered with no cost sharing:
    15    (a) Anemia screening for pregnant women;
    16    (b)  Bacteriuria  urinary tract or other infection screening for preg-
    17  nant women;
    18    (c) BRCA counseling about genetic testing for women at higher risk;
    19    (d) Breast cancer mammography screenings every one to  two  years  for
    20  women over age forty;
    21    (e) Breast cancer chemoprevention counseling for women at higher risk;
    22    (f)  Breastfeeding  comprehensive  support and counseling from trained

    23  providers, as well as access to breastfeeding supplies, for pregnant and
    24  nursing women;
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (g) Cervical cancer screening for sexually active women;
     2    (h) Chlamydia infection screening for younger women and other women at
     3  higher risk;
     4    (i) Contraception: Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive
     5  methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling,
     6  not including abortifacient drugs;

     7    (j)  Domestic  and interpersonal violence screening and counseling for
     8  all women;
     9    (k) Folic acid supplements for women who may become pregnant;
    10    (l) Gestational diabetes screening for women  twenty-four  to  twenty-
    11  eight  weeks  pregnant  and those at high risk of developing gestational
    12  diabetes;
    13    (m) Gonorrhea screening for all women at higher risk;
    14    (n) Hepatitis B screening for pregnant women at their  first  prenatal
    15  visit;
    16    (o)  Human  immunodeficiency  virus (HIV) screening and counseling for
    17  sexually active women;
    18    (p) Human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA Test: high  risk  HPV  DNA  testing
    19  every  three years for women with normal cytology results who are thirty

    20  years of age or older;
    21    (q) Osteoporosis screening for women over age sixty depending on  risk
    22  factors;
    23    (r)  RH incompatibility screening for all pregnant women and follow-up
    24  testing for women at higher risk;
    25    (s) Tobacco  use  screening  and  interventions  for  all  women,  and
    26  expanded counseling for pregnant tobacco users;
    27    (t)  Sexually  transmitted  infections  (STI)  counseling for sexually
    28  active women;
    29    (u) Syphilis screening for  all  pregnant  women  or  other  women  at
    30  increased risk; and
    31    (v) Well-woman visits to obtain recommended preventive services.
    32    2.    The  department  shall  also consider making use of social media

    33  networks for the purposes of advancing such initiatives.
    34    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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