Bill Text: NY A06832 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Directs the commissioner of health to conduct a study relating to the number of emergency room beds in the state and to make recommendations on the minimum number of emergency rooms required per capita and the maximum distance patients shall be expected to travel to access emergency room services.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-18 - substituted by s4699 [A06832 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A06832-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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            S. 4699                                                  A. 6832
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                SENATE - ASSEMBLY
                                     March 21, 2019
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        IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. RAMOS -- read twice and ordered printed,
          and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health
        IN  ASSEMBLY  --  Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  DenDEKKER -- read once and
          referred to the Committee on Health
        AN ACT in relation to requiring the commissioner of health to conduct  a
          study relating to the number of emergency room beds
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. (a) The commissioner of health  is  hereby  authorized  and
     2  directed  to study the number of emergency room beds in the state and to
     3  establish minimum numbers of beds required.
     4    (b) The study shall include, but not be limited to: the current number
     5  of emergency room beds in the state; the  minimum  number  of  emergency
     6  room  beds  required  to  adequately  meet  the  needs  of patients; the
     7  distance patients need to travel  to  access  emergency  room  services,
     8  including  the  maximum distance patients shall be expected to travel to
     9  access such services; and the number of emergency rooms within a specif-
    10  ic area. The study shall also take into consideration population  densi-
    11  ty,  travel time to emergency rooms, proximity to other emergency rooms,
    12  public transportation routes, and such other  factors  the  commissioner
    13  deems appropriate.
    14    (c)  The  commissioner of health shall make recommendations based upon
    15  the findings of such study relating to, but not limited to, the  minimum
    16  number  of  emergency  room beds which shall be required per capita, the
    17  maximum distance patients shall be expected to travel to access emergen-
    18  cy room services, and such other recommendations such commissioner deems
    19  appropriate.
    20    (d) The commissioner of health shall submit a report including  recom-
    21  mendations  and findings based on this study to the governor, the tempo-
    22  rary president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly and the chairs
    23  of the senate and assembly standing committees on health no  later  than
    24  December 31, 2019.
    25    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09374-01-9
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