Amd §4365, Pub Health L; add §2616, amd §4313, Ins L; amd §201, Work Comp L
Enacts the "living donor protection act of 2018"; prohibits discrimination in the provision of life, accident, and health insurance based on the status of an insured as a living organ or tissue donor; authorizes the provision of family leave to provide care during transplantation preparation and recovery from surgery related to organ or tissue donation; and directs the commissioner of health to develop and distribute informational materials relating to the benefits of being a living organ or tissue donor.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2017-2018 Regular Sessions
January 13, 2017
Introduced by Sens. HANNON, AKSHAR, ALCANTARA, AMEDORE, AVELLA, BROOKS,
CARLUCCI, DeFRANCISCO, FLANAGAN, FUNKE, GALLIVAN, HAMILTON, HELMING,
JACOBS, KAMINSKY, LARKIN, MARCHIONE, O'MARA, ORTT, RANZENHOFER, SERI-
NO, SEWARD, VALESKY, YOUNG -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Health -- recommitted to
the Committee on Health in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --
committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged, bill amended,
ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
AN ACT to amend the public health law, the insurance law and the work-
ers' compensation law, in relation to enacting the "living donor
protection act of 2018"
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
2 the "living donor protection act of 2018".
3 § 2. Section 4365 of the public health law is amended by adding a new
4 subdivision 8 to read as follows:
5 8. The commissioner, in cooperation and consultation with the trans-
6 plant council and other interested parties, shall develop and distrib-
7 ute, in printed form and on the department's internet website, informa-
8 tional materials relating to the live donation of organs and tissue,
9 including, but not limited to:
10 (a) the benefits of live organ and tissue donation;
11 (b) the impact of the donation of organs or tissue on the donors'
12 access to insurance and assistance;
13 (c) the reduction in federal adjusted gross income, for state personal
14 income tax purposes, granted to living organ and tissue donors; and
15 (d) the protections and benefits granted pursuant to the living donor
16 protection act of two thousand eighteen.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
S. 2496--B 2
1 § 3. The insurance law is amended by adding a new section 2616 to
2 read as follows:
3 § 2616. Discrimination because of status as a living organ or tissue
4 donor. (a) No insurer or entity authorized to do the kinds of business
5 specified in paragraph one or three of subsection (a) of section one
6 thousand one hundred thirteen of this chapter shall decline to provide
7 or limit coverage of an insured under any life or accident and health
8 insurance policy or otherwise discriminate in the premium rating, offer-
9 ing, issuance, cancellation, amount of coverage or any other condition,
10 based solely upon the status of an insured as a living organ or tissue
11 donor and without additional actuarial risks.
12 (b) No insurer or entity authorized to do the kinds of business speci-
13 fied in paragraph one or three of subsection (a) of section one thousand
14 one hundred thirteen of this chapter shall preclude an insured from
15 donating all or part of an organ or tissue as a condition or receiving
16 or continuing to receive life or accident and health insurance coverage.
17 (c) As used in this section, the terms "organ" and "tissue" shall have
18 the same meanings as are provided therefor in section forty-three
19 hundred sixty of the public health law.
20 § 4. Section 4313 of the insurance law is amended by adding a new
21 subsection (c) to read as follows:
22 (c) Every such corporation shall be subject to the provisions of
23 section two thousand six hundred sixteen of this chapter, relating to
24 living organ and tissue donors.
25 § 5. Subdivision 18 of section 201 of the workers' compensation law,
26 as added by section 2 of part SS of chapter 54 of the laws of 2016, is
27 amended to read as follows:
28 18. "Serious health condition" means an illness, injury, impairment,
29 or physical or mental condition, including transplantation preparation
30 and recovery from surgery related to organ or tissue donation, that
31 involves inpatient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential health
32 care facility, continuing treatment or continuing supervision by a
33 health care provider. Continuing supervision by a health care provider
34 includes a period of incapacity which is permanent or long term due to a
35 condition for which treatment may not be effective where the family
36 member is under the continuing supervision of, but need not be receiving
37 active treatment by, a health care provider.
38 § 6. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
39 have become a law.