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A08560 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     January 9, 2024
        Introduced  by M. of A. BURDICK -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Health -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted
          as amended and recommitted to said committee
        AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to  requiring  hospi-
          tals  to ask patients if they have a disability that requires accommo-
          dation under The Americans with Disabilities Act

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Section  2803-t  of  the public health law, as amended by
     2  chapter 92 of the laws of 2014, is amended to read as follows:
     3    § 2803-t. Preadmission information.  1.  Any  hospital  that  provides
     4  preadmission  information  to a patient, shall offer a blind or visually
     5  impaired patient a large print version or, at the patient's or patient's
     6  representative's request, an audio recording, to be  made  available  to
     7  such  patient  or such patient's representative on compact disc or other
     8  medium as the hospital may offer, or as  an  electronically  transmitted
     9  digital file, in addition to a written copy of any preadmission informa-
    10  tion.
    11    2.  Each  hospital  shall  include  a  disability accommodations needs
    12  assessment on their patient intake forms. The  following  statement  and
    13  questions related to a patient's disability accommodations needs assess-
    14  ment shall read as follows:
    15    "Please note, the following questions regarding your disability status
    16  are voluntary and you are not required to answer the questions if you do
    17  not wish to.
    18    (a)  Does  the  patient  have a disability that requires accommodation
    19  under The Americans with Disabilities Act?
    20    (b) If so, what is the nature of the patient's disability?
    21    (c) Is the patient requesting a reasonable accommodation?
    22    (d) If so, what is the reasonable accommodation requested?
    23    (e) Does the patient wish to discuss accommodations with their health-
    24  care provider?"
    25    3. Nothing contained herein shall require  a  patient  to  answer  the
    26  inquiries about a disability if they wish not to do so.
    27    §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
    28  have become a law.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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