S03246 Summary:

Establishes a Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs within the department of health to assess the asthma risk factors for the minority citizens of our state, counties and regions; identifies the existing barriers to quality asthma treatment and care among minorities; develops action steps for addressing care issues; launches a state-wide asthma awareness campaign to educate our citizens about the disease; requires report.
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S03246 Actions:

01/21/2016PRINT NUMBER 3246A
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S03246 Memo:

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S03246 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 3, 2015
        Introduced  by  Sen.  MONTGOMERY  -- 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

        AN ACT to establish a Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. According to the  American
     2  Lung  Association,  there  are over 1.6 million New Yorkers with asthma,
     3  with over 380,000 of them being children. The annual cost of  asthma  is
     4  estimated  to  be  nearly  18 billion dollars. Access to health care for
     5  ethnic minorities is often hampered by socio-economic disparities, shor-
     6  tages of primary care physicians in minority communities,  language  and
     7  literacy barriers, and cultural beliefs about the role and usefulness of
     8  medicines. There have emerged clear disparities in the burden and treat-
     9  ment  of  asthma  in the communities of ethnic minorities. The burden of
    10  asthma falls disproportionately on  the  African-American  and  Hispanic
    11  populations,  and  especially  on  children  of these ethnic minorities.
    12  Therefore, it is the intent of this legislature to create a coordinating
    13  council to address these issues and to improve awareness and  management
    14  of asthma prevention and treatment for minorities in this state.
    15    §  2. The commissioner of health shall establish a Minority Coordinat-
    16  ing Council on Asthmatic Affairs. The commissioner shall appoint as many
    17  members as he or she  determines  appropriate.  Such  members  shall  be
    18  representative  of  those regions of the state with significant minority
    19  populations and shall include health care professionals  with  knowledge
    20  and  experience  in  the  prevention  and treatment of asthma and in the
    21  areas of public health care funding. The council shall be  tasked  with:
    22  (a)  assessing the asthma risk factors for the minority citizens of this
    23  state, its counties and regions; (b) identifying the  existing  barriers
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  to  quality  asthma  treatment and care among minorities; (c) developing
     2  action steps for addressing care issues; and (d) launching a  state-wide
     3  asthma  awareness  campaign  to  educate citizens about the disease, its
     4  symptoms, and the ability to better manage asthma through prevention and
     5  treatment. The council shall deliver an annual report addressing various
     6  asthma program successes, new trends, data and issues surrounding minor-
     7  ity  populations  suffering from asthma to the governor and the legisla-
     8  ture beginning September 1, 2020, and annually thereafter.
     9    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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