Directs the office of minority health to establish a program of data collection for the assessment of disparities in health and the delivery of health care to minorities in New York state.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to data collection and assessment program concerning minority health
PURPOSE: To provide the legislature and public with a comprehensive report on the status of minority health within the state; as well as, establishing an annual analysis of the utilization and distribution of health care services and funds in New York State minority populations so that any disparities may be resolved.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The public health law is amended to require the office of Minority health to annually report on the health of minorities within the state as well as ascertaining any disparities and funds. If such disparities are found the Office of Minority health is then required to suggest possible methods for elimination or reduction of such disparities. This report shall be available to the public and annually distributed to all of the members of the New York State Assembly and Senate upon its completion.
EXISTING LAW: Does not require the report provided for by this legislation.
JUSTIFICATION: The state should undertake efforts to identify healthcare disparities and work to mitigate and eliminate those disparities.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.2878 of 2009: Referred to Health S.465 of 2007: Referred to Health S.5673 of 2005: Referred to Health
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined, however it is believed that the Department of Health has adequate staff to compile this information.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the date on which it shall become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4077 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 16, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. BONACIC -- 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 data collection and assessment program concerning minority health THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 3 and 4 of section 241 of the public health law, as added by chapter 757 of the laws of 1992, such section as renum- bered by chapter 443 of the laws of 1993, are amended to read as follows: 3. Together with the minority health council, serve as liaison and advocate for the department on minority health matters. This function shall include the provision of staff support to the minority health council and the establishment of appropriate program linkages with related federal, state, and local agencies and programs such as the office of minority health of the public health service, the agricultural extension service and migrant health services. SUCH PROGRAM LINKAGES WITH STATE AGENCIES SHALL INCLUDE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PROGRAM FOR THE COLLECTION OF DATA REGARDING RACE, ETHNICITY AND PRIMARY LANGUAGE OF ALL PARTICIPANTS BY EACH STATE PROGRAM DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN FURNISHING OF INFORMATION OR THE RENDERING OF SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC WHEREBY DEMO- GRAPHIC INFORMATION OF ANY KIND IS COLLECTED REGARDING ALL PARTICIPANTS IN SUCH PROGRAMS. AGENCIES AND DEPARTMENTS MAY USE EXISTING DATA COLLECTION METHODS TO AVOID DUPLICATIVE METHODOLOGIES. DATA COLLECTED SHALL BE AGGREGATED AT LEAST ANNUALLY IN A MANNER THAT PERMITS UTILIZA- TION RATES BY RACE, ETHNICITY, AND LANGUAGE AND COMPILED INTO A REPORT. UPON COMPLETION, SUCH REPORT SHALL BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AND ANNU- ALLY DISTRIBUTED TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE. 4. Assist medical schools and state agencies to develop comprehensive programs to improve minority health personnel supply by promoting minor- ity clinical training and curriculum improvement, and disseminatingEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01891-01-1 S. 4077 2
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[and], college students AND DIFFERENT STATE AGENCIES. SUCH DEVELOPMENT OF COMPREHEN- SIVE PROGRAMS SHALL INCLUDE RESEARCH INTO THE CAUSES AND MAINTENANCE OF HEALTH DISPARITIES AND PROPOSALS FOR THE REDUCTION AND/OR ELIMINATION OF SUCH DISPARITIES. S 2. Subdivisions 3 and 4 of section 242 of the public health law, as added by chapter 757 of the laws of 1992, such section as renumbered by chapter 443 of the laws of 1993, are amended to read as follows: 3. An analysis of the health status of minority citizens and the status of minority health delivery systems. Such analysis shall be conducted in cooperation with the minority health council and other interested agencies. SUCH ANALYSIS SHALL ALSO INCLUDE AN ANNUAL ANALYSIS OF DATA COLLECTED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION THREE OF SECTION TWO HUNDRED FORTY-ONE OF THIS TITLE TO DETERMINE WHETHER THERE ARE DISPARITIES BY RACE, ETHNICITY OR LANGUAGE IN THE UTILIZATION OF STATE SERVICES OR THE RECEIPT OF FUNDS. SUCH ANALYSIS SHALL ALSO BE COMPILED, ANALYZED AND MADE PUBLIC BY THE OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH. 4. Any recommended improvements to programs and/or regulations that would enhance the cost effectiveness of the office, POLICY OPTIONS and programs intended to meet the health care needs of minority citizens AND TO ELIMINATE IDENTIFIED HEALTH DISPARITIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ZERO COST AND LOW COST OPTIONS AND OTHER SUBSTANTIVE PROPOSALS. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO ENHANCE THE COST EFFECTIVENESS OF THE OFFICE SHALL INCLUDE AN ASSESSMENT OF THE CAPACITY OF THE OFFICE TO ADDRESS THE DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH, THE ROOT CAUSES OF HEALTH DISPARI- TIES IN MINORITY POPULATIONS THROUGHOUT NEW YORK STATE, IN ORDER TO DECREASE THE BURDEN OF DISEASE AND INJURY, INCLUDING PROGRAMS AND INITI- ATIVES THAT ARE ALREADY BEING UNDERTAKEN AND AN ANALYSIS OF THEIR EFFEC- TIVENESS. S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.