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A09821 Summary:

COSPNSROrtiz, Mosley, Davila, Blake, Crespo, Cancel, Hooper, Titus, Robinson, Markey, Weprin, Perry, McDonald, Farrell, Rodriguez, Dilan, Linares, Pichardo, Walker, Miller, Benedetto, Schimel, Titone, Bichotte, Jaffee, Sepulveda, Russell, Joyner, Dinowitz, Otis, Jean-Pierre, Peoples-Stokes, Hevesi, Galef, Buchwald, Gunther, Paulin, Rivera, Steck, Duprey, Abinanti, Pretlow, Lopez
MLTSPNSRCook, Hyndman, Simon
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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A09821 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     April 12, 2016
        Introduced by M. of A. ARROYO -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Health
        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. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
     2  the "Lydia Soto law".
     3    §  2.  Legislative findings and intent. According to the American Lung
     4  Association, there are over 1.6 million New Yorkers  with  asthma,  with
     5  over  380,000 of them being children. The annual cost of asthma is esti-
     6  mated to be nearly 18 billion dollars. Access to health care for  ethnic
     7  minorities is often hampered by socio-economic disparities, shortages of
     8  primary  care  physicians in minority communities, language and literacy
     9  barriers, and cultural beliefs about the role and  usefulness  of  medi-
    10  cines.  There have emerged clear disparities in the burden and treatment
    11  of asthma in the communities of ethnic minorities. The burden of  asthma
    12  falls  disproportionately  on  the  African-American  and Hispanic popu-
    13  lations, and especially on children of these ethnic  minorities.  There-
    14  fore,  it  is  the  intent  of this legislature to create a coordinating
    15  council to address these issues and to improve awareness and  management
    16  of asthma prevention and treatment for minorities in this state.
    17    §  3. The commissioner of health shall establish a Minority Coordinat-
    18  ing Council on Asthmatic Affairs. The commissioner shall appoint as many
    19  members as he or she  determines  appropriate.  Such  members  shall  be
    20  representative  of  those regions of the state with significant minority
    21  populations and shall include health care professionals  with  knowledge
    22  and  experience  in  the  prevention  and treatment of asthma and in the
    23  areas of public health care funding. The council shall be  tasked  with:
    24  (a)  assessing the asthma risk factors for the minority citizens of this
    25  state, its counties and regions; (b) identifying the  existing  barriers
    26  to  quality  asthma  treatment and care among minorities; (c) developing
    27  action steps for addressing care issues; and (d) launching a  state-wide
    28  asthma  awareness  campaign  to  educate citizens about the disease, its
    29  symptoms, and the ability to better manage asthma through prevention and
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 9821                             2
     1  treatment. The council shall deliver an annual report addressing various
     2  asthma program successes, new trends, data and issues surrounding minor-
     3  ity populations suffering from asthma to the governor and  the  legisla-
     4  ture beginning September 1, 2020, and annually thereafter.
     5    § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
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