Waives biennial registration fee for voluntary ambulance services.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to a voluntary ambulance service exception to the biennial registration fee
PURPOSE: To exempt volunteer fire based EMS from the requirement to pay a fee to obtain a limited, lab license to perform blood glucose testing.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Amends Paragraph (b) of subdivision 3 of section 579 of the Public Health Law to provide an exception for voluntary ambulance services being required to pay a fee to obtain a certificate of registration for blood glucose testing.
Section 2: Effective Date.
JUSTIFICATION: NYS Public Health law requires that any EMS agency testing blood glucose, whether by electronic glucometer or chemstrip, be required to possess a limited service laboratory registration. There is a biennial $200 limited license fee imposed on Volunteer EMS for this limited license.
Additional statutory requirements prevent volunteer ambulance response operated by volunteer firefighters from collecting any reimbursement for the care and transportation they provide. The imposition of this $200 fee presents an unnecessary burden on these volunteers without any corresponding benefit. This legislation would not change or relieve any EMS agency from the requirement to possess an appropriate license and provide appropriate quality assurance as currently required under Public Health Law. Volunteer organizations would continue to register with appropriate Health authorities and perform all appropriate proficiencies for blood glucose testing that are currently required.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This bill would ease the financial burden on local volunteer fire departments by reducing their expenses.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4361 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 22, 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 a voluntary ambu- lance service exception to the biennial registration fee THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 3 of section 579 of the public health law, as added by chapter 204 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows: (b) The department may issue a certificate of registration authorizing the performance of one or more waived tests or provider-performed microscopy procedures for a period of up to two years if the applicant: (i) files a completed application with the department on such forms as the commissioner may prescribe; (ii) provides documentation acceptable to the department demonstrating the ability to comply with the require- ments of this subdivision; and (iii) pays a two hundred dollar biennial registration fee for each location where services are rendered
[,]; EXCEPT THAT A VOLUNTARY AMBULANCE SERVICE AS DEFINED IN ARTICLE THIRTY OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW AND OPERATED UNDER SECTION TWO HUNDRED NINE-B OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW SHALL BE EXEMPT FROM THE REQUIREMENT TO PAY A FEE TO OBTAIN THIS CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION; AND except that the following may operate multiple locations under a single registration and pay a single registration fee: (A) not-for-profit, state or local government laboratories or programs engaged in limited public health testing not exceeding fifteen types of tests per registration; or (B) applicants that maintain a fixed location in the state and are approved by the department to move from testing site to testing site. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09450-01-3