Bill S4746-2013

Relates to city employees injured in the course of duty

Relates to city employees injured in the course of duty.

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Actions

  • Jun 20, 2014: COMMITTED TO RULES
  • May 12, 2014: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • May 7, 2014: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 6, 2014: 1ST REPORT CAL.545
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO CITIES
  • Apr 22, 2013: REFERRED TO CITIES

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Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Cities - May 6, 2014
Ayes (5): Lanza, Ball, Grisanti, Squadron, Breslin
Ayes W/R (1): DeFrancisco

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4746

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to city employees injured in the course of duty

PURPOSE:

This bill will require New York City to continue to pay all medical costs related to line of duty injuries that result in a uniformed police officer, firefighter, and sanitation member when the result of such injury is severe enough that the member is forced to retire with an accident disability

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

§ 1 Amends subdivision a and b and the closing paragraph of section 12-127 of the administrative code of the city of New York, pertaining to city employees injured in the line of duty, to include active, retired or vested members of police, fire and sanitation members who are separated from service due to a line of duty injury.

EXISTING LAW:

Currently New York City is the only jurisdiction in New York State that does not provide this benefit to Police and Fire members

JUSTIFICATION:

This bill will require New York City to continue to pay all medical costs related to injuries that result in a uniformed police officer, firefighter, and sanitation member when the result of such injury is severe enough that the member is forced to retire with an accident disability. Currently New York City is the only jurisdiction in New York State that does not provide this benefit to Police and Fire members. While these members retain their medical insurance after they are put on accident disability, the cost of co-payments, deductibles, drug prescriptions and limits on total medical costs are borne by the member. This bill now rectifies this inequity by requiring New York City to pay the costs of any medical treatment into retirement for any injury that was the reason for such retirement.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Legislation in 2013 Session

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4746 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 22, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to city employees injured in the course of duty THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions a and b and the closing paragraph of section 12-127 of the administrative code of the city of New York, subdivisions a and b as amended and the closing paragraph as added by chapter 806 of the laws of 1986, are amended to read as follows: a. Any ACTIVE OR RETIRED member of the uniformed forces of the fire or police departments, OR ANY MEMBER WHO IS OTHERWISE SEPARATED FROM SUCH SERVICE WITH VESTED PENSION RIGHTS, or any person employed in the department of sanitation in the sanitation service classification of the classified civil service who shall be injured while actually employed in the discharge of police orders of his or her superior officers in the police station, fire house or sanitation section station, as the case may be, or as the result of illness traceable directly to the perform- ance of police, fire or sanitation duty, as the case may be, or any employee of the department of parks, general services, ports and termi- nals or environmental protection or a person employed by the police commissioner as a school crossing guard who shall be injured while actu- ally employed in the discharge of duty, shall be received by any hospi- tal for care and treatment when such facts are certified to by the head of the department. Unless otherwise provided in this section, such members OR RETIRED OR VESTED MEMBERS shall be received by any hospital at the usual ward patient rates. The bill for such care and treatment at such rates, when certified by the superintendent or other person in charge of such hospital and approved by the head of the department concerned, shall be paid by the city.
b. Any ACTIVE OR RETIRED member of the uniformed forces of the fire or police department, OR ANY MEMBER WHO IS OTHERWISE SEPARATED FROM SUCH SERVICE WITH VESTED PENSION RIGHTS, or any person employed in the department of sanitation in the sanitation service classification of the classified civil service or a person employed by the police commissioner as a school crossing guard who, while in the actual performance of duty, and by reason of the performance of such duty and without fault or misconduct on his or her part, shall receive injuries to an extent which may endanger his or her life, shall be received by any hospital for care and treatment, and shall be afforded such medical or surgical care and hospitalization as may be ordered by the chief medical officer of the respective departments in conformity with the provisions of this section. Such medical officer shall forthwith notify the comptroller of the care and hospitalization so ordered. The rate charged for such care and hospitalization for such member OR RETIRED OR VESTED MEMBER or such person shall not exceed the rate charged any person in receipt of an income equal to the salary of such member or of such person for the same accommodations. The comptroller and the heads of the departments affected shall make necessary rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this section. Upon certification by the chief medical officer of the department concerned, the bill for such care and hospi- talization, when certified by the superintendent or other person in charge of the hospital and approved by the head of the department concerned, shall be paid by the city. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, a provider of medical treatment or hospital care furnished pursuant to the provisions of this section shall not collect or attempt to collect reimbursement for such treatment or care from any such city employee OR RETIRED OR VESTED MEMBER. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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