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State legislative activity update

The following bills of interest to HANYS and our members have passed both houses of the state Legislature over the last two weeks:

  • Offering plant-based food options in hospitals – requires hospitals to offer patients a plant-based food option as an alternative to every meal or snack offered in food service; requires the plant-based food option to be offered at no additional cost to the patient beyond what would be charged for a comparable non-plant-based food option; and requires all of the hospitals’ written material describing food offerings to include the availability of a plant-based food option. This bill does not apply to patient nutritional support products, such as infant formula and nutritional modulars. A.4072-A (Gottfried)/S.1471-A (Hoylman)
  • Removal of prior authorization requirements for medication-assisted treatment – requires commercial health insurers to provide immediate coverage, without prior authorization requirements, for all buprenorphine products, methadone or long-acting injectable naltrexone for the detoxification or maintenance treatment of a substance use disorder. A.2904 (Quart)/S.4808 (Harckham)
  • Doctors Across New York Workgroup – requires DOH to appoint a workgroup, including associations representing physicians, general hospitals and other healthcare facilities, to evaluate the current DANY grant application process. The workgroup will assess the impact of the switch from DOH administering DANY grants to the New York State Grants Gateway on the number of individual applicants versus institutional applicants in underserved areas. The workgroup’s findings would include the level of accessibility and fairness for individual applicants and would be reported by March 31, 2020. A.5425 (Gottfried)/S.4269 (Rivera)
  • Nursing home patient rights and responsibilities statement – requires every nursing home’s patient rights and responsibilities statement to include the nursing home’s policy regarding the granting of physician privileges to residents. A.407 (Cahill)/ S.4583 (Sanders)

Throughout the final weeks of the state legislative session, HANYS will continue to provide updates on bills of interest that have passed both houses. Bills that pass both houses of the Legislature must go to the governor for his approval or veto.

Should you have questions on the information provided or any other legislative activity or issue, please contact our State Government Affairs team: Amy Nickson, vice president, governmental affairs; Katie Gordon, director, research and legislation; and Scott Janke, director, governmental affairs.

Published June 7, 2019