Directs the department of health to establish an internet website to advance women's health initiatives.
Ayes (61): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Absent (1): Sampson
Excused (1): Montgomery
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to establishing a women's health website
PURPOSE: Directs the Department of Health (DOH) to establish an internet website to advance women's health initiatives and promote the expansion of covered preventative services pursuant to federal law.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one creates a new title under which the DOH shall establish and maintain an internet website for the purpose of advancing women's health initiatives. Information shall be provided for the purposes of educating the public and raising awareness of women's health issues. Information and links to useful resources shall be provided to encourage use of services now made more widely available to women in the state of New York. The website shall also include information detailing the 22 preventative services now covered pursuant to federal law and regulations. This section also requires the DOH to consider making use of social media networks for the purposes of further advancing women's health initiatives.
JUSTIFICATION: The Affordable Care Act makes several changes to public programs, insurance and other aspects of health policy that affect women's health. In 2010, provisions took effect on the federal level and were implemented into state law which expand coverage of certain preventative measures for women's health. The establishment of an up-to-date website would greatly assist women in understanding these and other changes as they take effect.
Further, the website should provide timely information on health issues of importance to women. The availability of such educational materials and resources will help raise awareness among women. The federal government provides a website (http://www.womenshealth.gov/) for similar purposes. New Yorker's should have access to a similar site specific to New York. When considering the policy options to improve the health of women, one suggestion presented by the National Conference of State Legislatures was to support policies that effectively use alternative media (i.e. social networking) for the purposes of promoting and communicating with women.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.7330 (similar) passed Senate.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3817 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 21, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. HANNON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to establishing a women's health website THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Article 2 of the public health law is amended by adding a new title VI to read as follows: TITLE VI WOMEN'S HEALTH SECTION 266. DEPARTMENT WEBSITE. S 266. DEPARTMENT WEBSITE. 1. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ESTABLISH AND MAIN- TAIN AN INTERNET WEBSITE FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADVANCING WOMEN'S HEALTH INITIATIVES. THE WEBSITE SHALL PROVIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF EDUCATING THE PUBLIC AND RAISING AWARENESS OF WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES, PROVIDE LINKS TO USEFUL RESOURCES AND ENCOURAGE THE USE OF SERVICES NOW MADE MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE TO THE WOMEN OF NEW YORK STATE. THE WEBSITE SHALL ALSO PROMOTE THE FOLLOWING PREVENTATIVE SERVICES NOW COVERED PURSUANT TO FEDERAL LAW AND REGULATION, AND EXPLAIN THAT SUCH SERVICES MUST BE COVERED WITH NO COST SHARING: (A) ANEMIA SCREENING FOR PREGNANT WOMEN; (B) BACTERIURIA URINARY TRACT OR OTHER INFECTION SCREENING FOR PREG- NANT WOMEN; (C) BRCA COUNSELING ABOUT GENETIC TESTING FOR WOMEN AT HIGHER RISK; (D) BREAST CANCER MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENINGS EVERY ONE TO TWO YEARS FOR WOMEN OVER AGE FORTY; (E) BREAST CANCER CHEMOPREVENTION COUNSELING FOR WOMEN AT HIGHER RISK; (F) BREASTFEEDING COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT AND COUNSELING FROM TRAINED PROVIDERS, AS WELL AS ACCESS TO BREASTFEEDING SUPPLIES, FOR PREGNANT AND NURSING WOMEN; (G) CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING FOR SEXUALLY ACTIVE WOMEN;EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09126-01-3 S. 3817 2
(H) CHLAMYDIA INFECTION SCREENING FOR YOUNGER WOMEN AND OTHER WOMEN AT HIGHER RISK; (I) CONTRACEPTION: FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION-APPROVED CONTRACEPTIVE METHODS, STERILIZATION PROCEDURES, AND PATIENT EDUCATION AND COUNSELING, NOT INCLUDING ABORTIFACIENT DRUGS; (J) DOMESTIC AND INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE SCREENING AND COUNSELING FOR ALL WOMEN; (K) FOLIC ACID SUPPLEMENTS FOR WOMEN WHO MAY BECOME PREGNANT; (L) GESTATIONAL DIABETES SCREENING FOR WOMEN TWENTY-FOUR TO TWENTY-EIGHT WEEKS PREGNANT AND THOSE AT HIGH RISK OF DEVELOPING GESTA- TIONAL DIABETES; (M) GONORRHEA SCREENING FOR ALL WOMEN AT HIGHER RISK; (N) HEPATITIS B SCREENING FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AT THEIR FIRST PRENATAL VISIT; (O) HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV) SCREENING AND COUNSELING FOR SEXUALLY ACTIVE WOMEN; (P) HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV) DNA TEST: HIGH RISK HPV DNA TESTING EVERY THREE YEARS FOR WOMEN WITH NORMAL CYTOLOGY RESULTS WHO ARE THIRTY YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER; (Q) OSTEOPOROSIS SCREENING FOR WOMEN OVER AGE SIXTY DEPENDING ON RISK FACTORS; (R) RH INCOMPATIBILITY SCREENING FOR ALL PREGNANT WOMEN AND FOLLOW-UP TESTING FOR WOMEN AT HIGHER RISK; (S) TOBACCO USE SCREENING AND INTERVENTIONS FOR ALL WOMEN, AND EXPANDED COUNSELING FOR PREGNANT TOBACCO USERS; (T) SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS (STI) COUNSELING FOR SEXUALLY ACTIVE WOMEN; (U) SYPHILIS SCREENING FOR ALL PREGNANT WOMEN OR OTHER WOMEN AT INCREASED RISK; AND (V) WELL-WOMAN VISITS TO OBTAIN RECOMMENDED PREVENTIVE SERVICES. 2. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ALSO CONSIDER MAKING USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADVANCING SUCH INITIATIVES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.