S01295 Summary:

BILL NOS01295
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORSERINO
 
COSPNSRCARLUCCI, JACOBS, KENNEDY, LITTLE, RITCHIE, SEWARD, TEDISCO
 
MLTSPNSR
 
 
Directs the superintendent of financial services, in consultation with the commissioner of health, to study the relationship between patient access to care and treatment of Lyme disease and health insurance coverage.
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S01295 Actions:

BILL NOS01295
 
01/14/2019REFERRED TO INSURANCE
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S01295 Committee Votes:

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S01295 Floor Votes:

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S01295 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          1295
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                    IN SENATE
 
                                    January 14, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by Sens. SERINO, CARLUCCI, JACOBS, KENNEDY, LITTLE, RITCHIE,
          SEWARD, TEDISCO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to
          be committed to the Committee on Insurance
 
        AN ACT directing the superintendent of financial services to  study  the
          relationship  between  patient  access  to  care and treatment of Lyme
          disease and health insurance coverage
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1. The legislature hereby finds that the increasing number of
     2  Lyme disease and tick-borne related diseases in  New  York  state  high-
     3  lights  the  need  to examine the relationship between patient access to
     4  care and treatment of Lyme disease and health insurance coverage.   Lyme
     5  disease  is  one of several tick-borne diseases that may result in symp-
     6  toms including, but not  limited  to,  extreme  and  long-term  fatigue,
     7  nausea,  depression,  and  joint  pain.  Lyme disease is the most common
     8  vector-borne illness in the United States and New York is one of a group
     9  of 14 states that account  for  95%  of  cases  in  the  United  States.
    10  According  to the New York State Department of Health, over 20,000 cases
    11  of Lyme disease were diagnosed between years 2012 and 2014.
    12    § 2. The superintendent of financial services,  in  consultation  with
    13  the  commissioner of health, shall review the status of health insurance
    14  coverage for the treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne  related
    15  diseases, and make recommendations regarding potential changes to insur-
    16  ance  coverage  requirements  and parameters. Such review shall include,
    17  but not be limited to:
    18    (a) The current range of insurance coverage for the treatment of  Lyme
    19  and other tick-borne related diseases within New York State;
    20    (b)  Reasons  for insurer denial of coverage for the treatment of Lyme
    21  and other tick-borne related diseases;
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD06842-01-9

        S. 1295                             2
 
     1    (c) Insurance coverage required by other states for the  treatment  of
     2  symptoms  related  to Lyme and other tick-borne diseases and their esti-
     3  mated costs and payment models;
     4    (d)  The  estimated  cost  of  expanding coverage for the treatment of
     5  symptoms related to Lyme disease and other tick-borne related diseases.
     6    § 3. Within one hundred eighty days of the effective date of this act,
     7  the superintendent of financial services shall submit a  report  to  the
     8  governor,  temporary  president  of  the  senate  and the speaker of the
     9  assembly of the department of financial services' findings,  conclusions
    10  and recommendations.
    11    § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
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