Requires medical assistance be provided to victims of domestic violence, as defined in section 459-a of this chapter, to care for and treat any scarring resulting from the domestic violence incident.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to providing medical assistance to needy persons for the care and treatment of scarring resulting from domestic abuse
PURPOSE: Requires medical assistance to be provided to victims of domestic violence to care for and treat any scarring resulting from the domestic violence incident.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Provides coverage under Medicaid for any physician services and surgical services, including plastic surgery, needed to care for scarring suffered by victim of domestic abuse.
JUSTIFICATION: According to the CDC nearly 2 million injuries result nationwide every year as a result of domestic violence (CDC 2003). Many of these injuries result in permanent scarring which could be corrected or minimized with plastic surgery. Victims already suffering from the emotional, physical and mental damage from being abused are often left with permanent and constant reminders of their attacks through the scars that result from their injuries. This bill will allow victims to receive coverage that will provide medical attention like plastic surgery that will help alleviate some of the pain and permanent visible damage done by their abuser.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: Referred Health (S.1380) 2009-10: Referred to Social Service; Health; Finance (S.1179) 2007-08: Referred to Social Service, Children & Families (S.5171)
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unable to determine at this time.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unable to determine at this time.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become law, with provisions.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1274 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. PERKINS, ADAMS, DIAZ, DILAN, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER, PARKER, SAMPSON, SMITH, STAVISKY, VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to providing medical assistance to needy persons for the care and treatment of scarring resulting from domestic abuse THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 5 of section 365-a of the social services law is amended by adding a new paragraph (f) to read as follows: (F) MEDICAL ASSISTANCE SHALL INCLUDE PHYSICIAN SERVICES AND ANY SURGI- CAL SERVICES, INCLUDING PLASTIC SURGERY, THAT ARE NECESSARY TO CARE FOR AND TREAT ANY SCARRING OR SCAR TISSUE THAT FORMED AS THE RESULT OF AN INCIDENT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AS DEFINED IN SECTION FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY- NINE-A OF THIS CHAPTER. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the commissioner of health shall establish rules for acceptable forms of proof of an inci- dent of domestic violence.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02132-01-3