Bill S3246-2015

Establishes a Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs within the department of health

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; identifies the existing barriers to quality asthma treatment and care among minorities; develop action steps for addressing care issues; launches a state-wide asthma awareness campaign to educate our citizens about the disease; requires report.

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  • Feb 3, 2015: REFERRED TO HEALTH

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BILL NUMBER:S3246

TITLE OF BILL: An act to establish a Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs

PURPOSE:

To create a coordinating council to improve prevention and treatment of asthma.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Would require the commissioner of health to establish a Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs, and to appoint as many members as he or she deems appropriate. The council would be required to assess the asthma risk factors for minority citizens in NY, identify existing barrier to quality asthma treatment and care among minorities, develop action steps for addressing care issues, and launch a state-wide asthma awareness campaign.

JUSTIFICATION:

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 socioeconomic disparities, shortages 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 treatment 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.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2009/2010: S.4157-A - Health Committee; 2011-2012: S.4550-A - Died in Committee 2013-2014: S.1426- Died in Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3246 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 3, 2015 ___________
Introduced by Sen. MONTGOMERY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed 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-wide 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, 2019, and annually thereafter. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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