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A02655 Summary:

BILL NOA02655
 
SAME ASSAME AS S00095
 
SPONSORLavine
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 350, Exec L
 
Relates to designating health care providers who may diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, or an experience of military sexual trauma in veterans.
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A02655 Actions:

BILL NOA02655
 
01/19/2021referred to veterans' affairs
01/05/2022referred to veterans' affairs
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A02655 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A2655
 
SPONSOR: Lavine
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to authorizing certain health care providers in the state to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To decrease the difficulty less than honorably discharged veterans face when gaining access to certain state benefits under the Restoration of Honor Act.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of this bill amends the executive law to authorize less than honorably discharged veterans to be diagnosed with a qualifying condi- tion by a licensed health care provider in the State of New York.   EXISTING LAW: The current law authorizes less than honorably discharged veterans to be being diagnosed at United States Department of Veterans Affairs facili- ty.   JUSTIFICATION: The Restoration of Honor Act helps to connect less than honorably discharged veterans with New York State veteran-specific benefits and services. The current law requires less than honorably discharged veter- ans to be diagnosed at United States Department of Veterans Affairs facility. However, veterans with less than honorable discharges often find it extremely difficult to access healthcare services at a Veterans Affairs facility. There are numerous barriers to accessing state veteran specific benefits and services. For example, VA psychiatrists may not feel able to confirm the diagnosis of a veteran they have met once or veterans who are survi- vors of sexual assaulted might find it traumatizing to walk through a VA hospital, making treatment at a VA facility counterproductive. This bill would allow less than honorably discharged veterans to have their diag- nosis confirmed by a licensed provider in the State of New York who has been responsible for their treatment.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPACT: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: On the same date and in the same manner as the chapter 490 of the laws of 2019.
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A02655 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          2655
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 19, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. LAVINE -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Veterans' Affairs
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend the executive law, in relation to authorizing certain
          health care providers in the state to diagnose  post-traumatic  stress
          disorder or traumatic brain injury

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 8 of section 350 of the executive law, as added
     2  by chapter 490 of the laws of 2019, is amended to read as follows:
     3    8. The term "qualifying condition" means a diagnosis of post-traumatic
     4  stress disorder or traumatic brain injury made by, or an  experience  of
     5  military  sexual  trauma,  as described in 38 USC 1720D, as amended from
     6  time to time, disclosed to, an individual  licensed  to  provide  health
     7  care services [at a United States Department of Veterans Affairs facili-
     8  ty] in the state of New York.  The division shall develop a standardized
     9  form  used  to confirm that the veteran has a qualifying condition under
    10  this subdivision.
    11    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 

 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02790-01-1
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