Ensures that each state agency create a link to health care proxy information on state agency websites that have significant public interaction and deal with public health issues.
Ayes (33): DeFrancisco, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Savino, Seward, Young, Diaz, Dilan, Gianaris, Breslin, Montgomery, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Stavisky, Squadron, Kennedy, Espaillat, Sampson
Ayes W/R (3): Hannon, Krueger, Rivera
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to health care proxy information on state agency websites
The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that state agency websites provide a link or access to health care proxy forms, except when this may cause financial hardship or when a website lacks sufficient traffic to justify hosting this document.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one of the bill amends Executive Law section 104 by adding a new subsection (b) requiring the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health, to ensure that each State agency has a link on its homepage the health care proxy information that is available on the Department of Health's website. State agencies with little website traffic may request to be exempt from this requirement.
Section two of the bill provides that this act shall take effect January 1, 2014.
Individuals deserve to have their health care wishes honored, yet a large majority of New York residents do not have a health care proxy for times when they cannot express their health care preferences. As a result, their wishes are often unknown, and they might be given medical treatment that they would not want or not be given treatment that matches their choices. By hosting health care proxy forms on state agency websites, more New Yorkers will have access to and be able to use this document.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-2: S.4066 - Referred to Finance
This act shall take effect January 1, 2014.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4422 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 27, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to health care proxy information on state agency websites THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 104 of the executive law is amended to read as follows: S 104. Departmental cooperation. (A) The secretary of state may advise with the several departments, boards, bureaus, officers, authorities, commissions and other agencies of the state which are authorized by statute to issue codes, rules or regulations, to the end that the same may, so far as possible, be uniform in style and form, be properly numbered and captioned and be free from matter which is obsolete. (B) THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSION- ER OF HEALTH, ADVISE WITH STATE DEPARTMENTS, BOARDS, BUREAUS, AUTHORI- TIES, COMMISSIONS, DIVISIONS AND OTHER AGENCIES WITH PUBLIC WEBSITES THAT HAVE SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC INTERACTION TO ENSURE THAT EACH CREATES A LINK ON THEIR HOMEPAGE TO HEALTH CARE PROXY INFORMATION ON THE DEPART- MENT OF HEALTH WEBSITE. A STATE DEPARTMENT, BOARD, BUREAU, AUTHORITY, COMMISSION, DIVISION AND AGENCY WHICH DETERMINES THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC TRAFFIC ON THEIR WEBSITE, OR WHICH DETERMINES THAT CREATING SUCH A LINK WOULD BE A FINANCIAL HARDSHIP, MAY BE EXEMPTED FROM THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION. S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2014.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04434-01-3