Establishes a Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs within the department of health to assess the asthma risk factors for the minority citizens of our state, counties and regions; identify the existing barriers to quality asthma treatment and care among minorities; develop action steps for addressing care issues; and launch a state-wide asthma awareness campaign to educate our citizens about the disease; requires report.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7003 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY April 7, 2011 ___________Introduced by M. of A. ARROYO -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. BOYLAND, GIBSON, MILLMAN, ORTIZ, N. RIVERA, P. RIVERA -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health AN ACT to establish a Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. According to the American Lung Association, there are over 1.6 million New Yorkers with asthma, with over 380,000 of them being children. The annual cost of asthma is estimated to be nearly 18 billion dollars. Access to health care for ethnic minorities is often hampered by socio-economic disparities, shor- tages of primary care physicians in minority communities, language and literacy barriers, and cultural beliefs about the role and usefulness of medicines. There have emerged clear disparities in the burden and treat- ment of asthma in the communities of ethnic minorities. The burden of asthma falls disproportionately on the African-American and Hispanic populations, and especially on children of these ethnic minorities. Therefore, it is the intent of this legislature to create a coordinating council to address these issues and to improve awareness and management of asthma prevention and treatment for minorities in this state. S 2. The commissioner of health shall establish a Minority Coordinat- ing Council on Asthmatic Affairs. The commissioner shall appoint as many members as he or she determines appropriate. Such members shall be representative of those regions of the state with significant minority populations and shall include health care professionals with knowledge and experience in the prevention and treatment of asthma and in the areas of public health care funding. The council shall be tasked with: (a) assessing the asthma risk factors for the minority citizens of this state, its counties and regions; (b) identifying the existing barriers to quality asthma treatment and care among minorities; (c) developing action steps for addressing care issues; and (d) launching a state-wideEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01414-01-1 A. 7003 2
asthma awareness campaign to educate citizens about the disease, its symptoms, and the ability to better manage asthma through prevention and treatment. The council shall deliver an annual report addressing various asthma program successes, new trends, data and issues surrounding minor- ity populations suffering from asthma to the governor and the legisla- ture beginning September 1, 2012, and annually thereafter. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.