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Assembly Health Committee Year in Review

Assembly Health Committee Year-End Update

The Assembly Health Committee wrapped up 2017 with 34 bills signed into law and 19 vetoed, including four which were vetoed with specific agreement for further administrative actions. Some bills were signed or vetoed based on agreements to enact changes in 2018. (A governor often raises concerns and wants changes in a bill after it has been passed by the Legislature. This usually happens after the Legislature has adjourned for the year. It is not widely known to the public, but in New York it is common for a governor to insist that the leaders of the Legislature agree to changes in a bill as a condition of the governor signing it. If the legislative leaders and the bill’s sponsors agree, the governor then signs the bill and the Legislature enacts the changes early in the following year.)

The Assembly Health Committee also held public hearings including:

  • Home care workforce adequacy.
  • Adult home oversight and funding.
  • Health care services in state prisons and local jails.
  • Nursing home quality of care and enforcement.
  • Water quality budget implementation.
  • Immigrant access to healthcare.

Below are summaries of bills acted on by the Governor as well as the public hearings.

Crain’s: Albany considers bill to pay live organ-donors’ costs

By Robin Schatz, 2/23/17

A new bill could make New York the first state in the country to directly compensate living organ donors—who typically donate a kidney or a portion of their liver to a transplant patient—for lost wages, child care and other expenses.

The Living Donor Support Act, introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Richard Gottfried of Manhattan and Republican Sen. Kemp Hannon of Long Island, chair of the Senate Health Committee, has broad support from lawmakers. It already unanimously passed Hannon’s committee, and it has 18 Senate co-sponsors and 27 Assembly co-sponsors.

Assembly Health Committee Update

        The Assembly Committee on Health favorably reported 7 bills at its meeting on Monday, April 7, including legislation expanding access to the anti-overdose drug Naloxone and banning artificial trans fats in food establishments statewide.  For more information on a particular bill, please contact the sponsor listed after the description.

Provider Participation in Child Health Plus Plans – Prohibits insurance companies that offer Child Health Plus from requiring a participating health care provider in its Child Health Plus plan to also sign up for the insurance company’s other health plans.  (A4045, Pretlow)

Times-Union: Raising a life-saving list’s profile

Raising a Life-Saving List’s Profile
By Casey Seiler, Albany Times-Union

Advocates for organ, eye and tissue donation — including several whose lives have been changed by such donations — gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday to thank state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo for instituting changes they hope will boost New York’s worst-in-the-nation sign-up rate.

Currently, only 22 percent of eligible state residents (roughly 3.4 million people) are enrolled in the Donate Life Registry — a number that Assemblyman Richard Gottfried , D-Manhattan, called “shocking.” Meanwhile, New York has the third highest number of patients waiting for life-saving transplant surgery.