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Support funding for mental health needs: Timothy’s Law

Posted by Kimberly:

I work at a non-profit advocacy center for children and adults with disabilities. The very wise staff there said that it was important that Timothy’s Law be passed. Action is happening on it right now, so please consider going to the Timothy’s Law web-site in order to see what stage of the legislative process it is at. I believe the news so far has all been good, and calls are needed to New York Governor Pataki.

For more information and background, please go to: www.timothyslaw.org.

The latest update I have is this:
Please print out the attached file and fax it to the Governor: 518-474-8099


STATE OF NEW YORK
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S. 8482 A. 12080
SENATE – ASSEMBLY
June 23, 2006
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IN SENATE — Introduced by Sens. LIBOUS, MORAHAN, SPANO, BRUNO, FARLEY, ALESI, BALBONI, BONACIC, DeFRANCISCO, FLANAGAN, FUSCHILLO, GOLDEN,HANNON, JOHNSON, LARKIN, LAVALLE, LEIBELL, LITTLE, MALTESE, MARCELLI-NO, MARCHI, MAZIARZ, NOZZOLIO, PADAVAN, RATH, ROBACH, SALAND, SKELOS,TRUNZO, VOLKER, WINNER, WRIGHT, YOUNG
— read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules
IN ASSEMBLY — Introduced by COMMITTEE ON RULES — (at request of M. of A. Tonko, P. Rivera, Grannis, Gottfried, Brennan, Jacobs, Clark, Hoyt,Gunther, Cahill, Alessi, Aubry, Benjamin, Bing, Boyland, Bradley,Canestrari, A. Cohen, Colton, Cook, Cusick, Cymbrowitz, DiNapoli, Dinowitz, Eddington, Englebright, Galef, Gianaris, Glick, Green,Greene, Hikind, Koon, Lafayette, Lavelle, Lifton, Lupardo, McEneny,Millman, O’Donnell, Ortiz, Paulin, Peoples, Perry, Pheffer, Powell, J. Rivera, Schroeder, Sweeney, Towns, Weinstein, Weisenberg)
— read once and referred to the Committee on Insurance

AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to enacting “Timothy’s law”; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:
1 Section
1. Legislative finding and intent. The legislature hereby
2 declares that health insurance policies and health maintenance organiza-
3 tion contracts have not provided comparable coverage for adults and
4 children with biologically based mental illness or serious emotional
5 disturbance disorders affecting children under the same terms and condi-
6 tions as provided for medical treatment for physical illnesses.
7 Although federal law has prohibited the imposition of lower annual and
8 lifetime dollar limits by certain plans on mental health coverage, it is
9 the intent of this legislation to strengthen and enhance those
10 protections, and to ensure that mental health coverage is provided by
11 insurers and health maintenance organizations, and is provided on terms
12 comparable to other health care and medical services. Nothing in this
13 act is intended to limit or restrict the right of health maintenance
14 organizations and health insurers to require that all services covered
15 by them satisfy reasonable and appropriate utilization review require-
16 ments, in accordance with their contracts, and applicable laws and regu-
17 lations, provided that such utilization review requirements are applied in a consistent fashion to all services covered by such contracts.

2. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as”Timothy’s law”.

EXPLANATION–Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
LBD17628-02-6

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