S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 10748--A I N A S S E M B L Y April 19, 2010 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. LANCMAN, MAYERSOHN, MENG, DenDEKKER, CLARK, AUBRY, TITUS, SCARBOROUGH, CARROZZA, PHEFFER, D. WEPRIN, M. MILLER, BENEDETTO, LIFTON, DelMONTE, REILLY, CHRISTENSEN, BENJAMIN, PERRY, HYER-SPENCER, GIBSON, MAISEL, CASTRO, ROBINSON -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COOK, GIANARIS, GLICK, GOTTFRIED, HEVESI, MARKEY, NOLAN, SWEENEY, THIELE, WEISENBERG -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health -- reported and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to enacting the "hospital closure planning act" 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 "hospital closure planning act". 3 S 2. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 2801-g 4 to read as follows: 5 S 2801-G. COMMUNITY FORUM ON HOSPITAL CLOSURE. 1. NO LATER THAN THIRTY 6 DAYS AFTER THE CLOSURE OF A GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL 7 HOLD A PUBLIC COMMUNITY FORUM FOR THE PURPOSE OF OBTAINING PUBLIC INPUT 8 CONCERNING THE ANTICIPATED IMPACT OF THE GENERAL HOSPITAL'S CLOSURE ON 9 ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES BY MEMBERS OF THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY, 10 INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO RECIPIENTS OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY 11 PERSONS, THE UNINSURED, AND UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS, AND OPTIONS AND 12 PROPOSALS TO AMELIORATE SUCH ANTICIPATED IMPACT. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL 13 AFFORD COMMUNITY MEMBERS, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, LABOR UNIONS, PAYERS, 14 BUSINESSES AND CONSUMERS A REASONABLE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT RELE- 15 VANT MATTERS AT SUCH COMMUNITY FORUM. 16 2. NO LATER THAN SIXTY DAYS AFTER HOLDING A COMMUNITY FORUM PURSUANT 17 TO SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL MAKE AVAIL- 18 ABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE INFORMATION REGARDING: 19 (A) THE ANTICIPATED IMPACT OF THE GENERAL HOSPITAL'S CLOSURE ON ACCESS 20 TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES BY MEMBERS OF THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY, INCLUD- EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11426-15-0 A. 10748--A 2 1 ING BUT NOT LIMITED TO RECIPIENTS OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY 2 PERSONS, THE UNINSURED, AND UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS; 3 (B) SPECIFIC MEASURES THE DEPARTMENT AND OTHER PARTIES HAVE TAKEN OR 4 WILL TAKE TO AMELIORATE SUCH ANTICIPATED IMPACT; AND 5 (C) ANY FURTHER RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE 6 SERVICES IN COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY THE GENERAL HOSPITAL'S CLOSURE. 7 3. A COMMUNITY FORUM CONDUCTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE HELD 8 AT A LOCATION WITHIN A REASONABLE PROXIMITY TO THE GENERAL HOSPITAL 9 SUBJECT TO CLOSURE, AND SHALL BE ANNOUNCED NO LESS THAN TEN DAYS PRIOR 10 TO THE DATE OF SUCH COMMUNITY FORUM. 11 S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply only to 12 general hospitals that close on or after such effective date.