Bill S7590-2013

Authorizes the commissioner of health to establish a public outreach campaign regarding spina bifida prevention and awareness

Authorizes the commissioner of health to establish a public outreach campaign regarding spina bifida prevention and awareness.

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  • May 15, 2014: REFERRED TO HEALTH

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BILL NUMBER:S7590

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to the spina bifida education and outreach program

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this legislation is to help prevent Spina Bifida and raise awareness to help educate the public regarding this birth defect by authorizing the commissioner of health to establish a public outreach campaign.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Subdivision 1 of section 207 of the public health law is amended by chapter 471 by adding the following: Spina bifida, a permanently disabling birth defect occurring at the end of the first month of pregnancy which involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings, and the importance of encouraging all women in their childbearing years to increase their folic acid intake in order to reduce the incidence of spina bifida.

JUSTIFICATION:

Spina Bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States. This disability involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord in the first month of pregnancy. Approximately 70,000 Americans currently live with Spina Bifida. Seven out of every 10,000 births in the United States is a baby with Spina Bifida. This amounts to about 5 babies born each day with Spina Bifida.

An estimated 4,000 New Yorkers are living with Spina Bifida. Health and support services are critical to their well being. Folic acid is the single most effective weapon against Spina Bifida. Studies have shown that taking folic acid decreases the risk for neural tube defects by up to 70 percent if all women took folic acid daily prior to and during pregnancy. It is estimated that 50 percent of all pregnancies are unplanned; folic acid education can help women of child-bearing age understand the benefits of taking folic acid.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2007/08 - A10799A - Referred to Health 2009/10 A6951 - Referred to Health 2011/12 - A1884 - Ref to Ways and Means 2013 - A5933 - Passed Assembly

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7590 IN SENATE May 15, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ESPAILLAT -- 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 the spina bifida education and outreach program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 207 of the public health law is amended by adding a new paragraph (j) to read as follows: (J) SPINA BIFIDA, A PERMANENTLY DISABLING BIRTH DEFECT OCCURRING AT THE END OF THE FIRST MONTH OF PREGNANCY WHICH INVOLVES THE INCOMPLETE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SPINAL CORD OR ITS COVERINGS, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF ENCOURAGING ALL WOMEN IN THEIR CHILD-BEARING YEARS TO INCREASE THEIR FOLIC ACID INTAKE IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF SPINA BIFIDA. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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