New York Might Provide free health insurance to Living Donors

By Mike Sosna
Published on November 6, 2019

Regarding NY S06827 | 2019-2020

Here is the new bill in the New York State Senate sponsored by Sen. James Skoufis and introduced on November 1, 2019. This bill is a long shot and the current action is as follows:
This bill has been referred to the Senate’s Rules committee:

AN ACT to amend the public health law and the state finance law, in
relation to providing lifetime, premium-free insurance to a person who
donates a kidney during the course of his or her lifetime

Status: Introduced on November 1 2019
Action: 2019-11-01 Referred to Rules
Pending: Senate Rules Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [HTML]

Summary:
Provides lifetime, premium-free insurance through the New York state of health marketplace to a person who donates a kidney during the course of his or her lifetime; establishes the kidney donor insurance fund.

Sponsor: Sen. James Skoufis

S06827 Actions:
BILL NO S06827

11/01/2019 REFERRED TO RULES
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STATE OF NEW YORK

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6827

2019-2020 Regular Sessions

IN SENATE

November 1, 2019
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Introduced by Sen. SKOUFIS — read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the public health law and the state finance law, in
relation to providing lifetime, premium-free insurance to a person who
donates a kidney during the course of his or her lifetime

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-

bly, do enact as follows:

1 Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding a new section
2 4311 to read as follows:
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§ 4311. Health insurance for kidney donors. Any person who donates a

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kidney as a live kidney donor shall be eligible after such donation to

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receive health insurance through the New York state of health market-

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place for the duration of such donor’s life. The state shall be respon-

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sible for the payment of all premiums in connection with the insurance;

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neither the donor nor his or her employer shall be liable for the premi-

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ums. Insurance provided pursuant to this section shall include the

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highest level of services available through the gold level of the New

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York state of health marketplace and shall include prescription drug

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coverage. Such insurance shall be paid for by the state from the kidney

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donor insurance fund established under section ninety-nine-hh of the

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state finance law. The department may consult with the department of

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financial services to ensure the program established by this section is

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best effectuated.

17 § 2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 99-hh to
18 read as follows:
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§ 99-hh. Kidney donor insurance fund. 1. There is hereby established

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in the joint custody of the commissioner of health and the superinten-

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dent of the department of financial services a special fund to be known

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as the “kidney donor insurance fund”.

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2. The fund shall consist of all monies appropriated for its purpose,

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all monies transferred to such fund pursuant to law, all monies required

EXPLANATION–Matter in
italics
(underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[

] is old law to be omitted.
LBD13508-03-9

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by this section or any other provision of law to be paid into or credit-

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ed to the fund and any interest earnings which may accrue from the

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investment of monies in the fund. Nothing contained herein shall prevent

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the department of financial services from receiving grants, gifts or

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bequests for the purposes of the fund as defined in this section and

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depositing them into the fund according to law.

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3. Monies of the fund, when allocated, shall be available for all

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costs of supplying kidney donors with health insurance under section

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forty-three hundred eleven of the public health law.

10 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to all
11 live donor kidney donations made on or after such effective date.