After a flurry of activity, the State Assembly and Senate have convened their legislative sessions. Below, please find an update of the bills CHCANYS has supported, and whether or not they are headed to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law or vetoed.
- A.1160A (Bronson)/S.2755A (Ramos) The Child Poverty Reduction Act: Established a child poverty reduction advisory council and calls on the State to take action to reduce child poverty by 50% over the next 10 years. Passed the State Senate and Assembly and is headed to the Governor’s desk to be signed or vetoed.
- S.7194 (Rivera)/A.6395 (Woerner): Requires all funds received by the state as the result of a settlement or a judgement in litigation against opioid manufacturers, distributors, dispensers, consultants or resellers shall be deposited into the opioid settlement fund and that such funds shall not supplant or replace existing state funding. Passed the State Senate and Assembly and is headed to the Governor’s desk to be signed or vetoed.
- A.1535 (Gottfried)/S.3056 (Rivera) The Nurse Practitioner Modernization Act: Will make the Nurse Practitioner Modernization Act, first passed in 2014 and set to sunset on June 30, 2021, permanent while eliminating some administrative obligations for nurse practitioners with more than 3600 practice hours. Did not get passed, although the permissions for NPs in the original NPMA were extended by one year, to June 2022.
- A.4593 (Gottfried)/ S.5139 (Rivera): would increase and expand eligible uses of the New York State Community Health Care Revolving Capital Fund. New flexibilities allowed by the bill include the use of working capital for operational costs, (i.e. recruitment/training of staff), redesign of facilities, and purchasing, upgrading or enhancing technology to support telehealth. Did not get passed.
- A.7230 (Gottfried)/S.6534A (Rivera): would establish a commission to define, measure, report on and provide recommendations to increase the proportion of health care dollars allocated to primary care in New York State. Did not get passed.
- S.5505 (Rivera)/A6256 (Woerner): Would require payment parity for services delivered remotely & in person, including via the telephone. Did not get passed.
- S.5956A (Rivera)/A.6056 (Gottfried): Allows Medicaid managed care beneficiaries to identify a physician assistant as their primary care practitioner (PCP), in addition to physicians and nurse practitioners. Did not get passed.
- A.6058 (Gottfried)/S.5475 (Rivera) The New York Health Act: Would create a single, universal health plan for all New Yorkers. Did not get passed.