A09834 Summary:

BILL NOA09834A
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORRosenthal L
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 3216, 3221 & 4303, Ins L; add 365-o, Soc Serv L
 
Requires that non-pharmaceutical alternative treatment options including but not limited to treatment provided by a licensed acupuncturist, licensed massage therapist, licensed chiropractor, and yoga instructor be covered by the medical assistance program and by private health insurers.
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A09834 Actions:

BILL NOA09834A
 
02/14/2018referred to insurance
04/23/2018amend and recommit to insurance
04/23/2018print number 9834a
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A09834 Committee Votes:

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A09834 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A09834 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         9834--A
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 14, 2018
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. L. ROSENTHAL -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Insurance -- committee discharged, bill amended,  ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  insurance  law  and the social services law, in
          relation to requiring the coverage of alternate treatment  options  by
          the medical assistance program and private health insurers

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Subsection (i) of section 3216  of  the  insurance  law  is
     2  amended by adding a new paragraph 35 to read as follows:
     3    (35)  Every  policy  which provides medical, major medical, or similar
     4  comprehensive type  coverage  shall  include  coverage  for  alternative
     5  treatment  utilized  for  pain  management. Coverage provided under this
     6  paragraph shall be limited to alternative treatment provided by a health
     7  care provider  or  other  licensed  individual.  For  purposes  of  this
     8  subsection,  "alternative  treatment" means non-pharmaceutical treatment
     9  for pain management including but not limited to treatment  provided  by
    10  (A)  a  licensed  acupuncturist, (B) a licensed massage therapist, (C) a
    11  licensed chiropractor, and (D) a yoga instructor.
    12    § 2. Subsection (l) of section 3221 of the insurance law is amended by
    13  adding a new paragraph 21 to read as follows:
    14    (21) Every group or  blanket  policy  which  provides  medical,  major
    15  medical,  or  similar comprehensive type coverage shall include coverage
    16  for  alternative  treatment  utilized  for  pain  management.   Coverage
    17  provided  under this paragraph shall be limited to alternative treatment
    18  provided by a health care provider or  other  licensed  individual.  For
    19  purposes  of  this subsection, "alternative treatment" means non-pharma-
    20  ceutical treatment for pain management  including  but  not  limited  to
    21  treatment  provided  by  (A)  a  licensed  acupuncturist, (B) a licensed
    22  massage therapist, (C) a licensed chiropractor, and (D) a yoga  instruc-
    23  tor.
    24    §  3.  Section  4303  of  the insurance law is amended by adding a new
    25  subsection (ss) to read as follows:
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD14478-03-8

        A. 9834--A                          2
 
     1    (ss) Every contract issued by a medical expense indemnity corporation,
     2  hospital  service  corporation,  or  health  service  corporation  which
     3  provides medical , major medical, or similar comprehensive type coverage
     4  shall  include  coverage  for  alternative  treatment  utilized for pain
     5  management.  Coverage provided under this subsection shall be limited to
     6  alternative treatment provided  by  a  health  care  provider  or  other
     7  licensed  individual.  For purposes of this section, "alternative treat-
     8  ment" means non-pharmaceutical treatment for pain  management  including
     9  but  not  limited to treatment provided by (1) a licensed acupuncturist,
    10  (2) a licensed massage therapist, (3) a licensed chiropractor, and (4) a
    11  yoga instructor.
    12    § 4. The social services law is amended by adding a new section  365-o
    13  to read as follows:
    14    §  365-o.  Provision  of alternative treatment for pain management. 1.
    15  The commissioner  shall  establish  standards  and  guidelines  for  the
    16  provision  of  alternate treatment for pain management under the medical
    17  assistance program. In establishing such standards and  guidelines,  the
    18  commissioner  shall  consult  with  alternative  treatment providers and
    19  other interested parties.
    20    2. For purposes of this title, "alternative treatment" means non-phar-
    21  maceutical treatment for pain management including but  not  limited  to
    22  treatment  provided  by  (a)  a  licensed  acupuncturist, (b) a licensed
    23  massage therapist, (c) a licensed chiropractor, and (d) a yoga  instruc-
    24  tor.
    25    § 5. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
    26  it  shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
    27  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    28  tation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be  made  and
    29  completed on or before such effective date.
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