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Legislative Priorities

New York ACEP and Emergency Medicine
The New York American College of Emergency Physicians represents over 2,900 emergency physicians across the state that have a shared mission to provide the highest quality emergency medical care for all patients regardless of their ability to pay for care. Emergency Departments (EDs) and the people who work there play an invaluable role in every community across the State as the entry point for the health care needs of all New Yorkers.

Emergency physicians are one of the largest indigent care providers in the State, providing care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to every patient who walks in the door, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. Over 8.5 million people visit New York’s EDs every year. With the increased threat of terrorism in New York or a pandemic or natural disaster, it is particularly important for EDs to be prepared for the possibility of large-scale emergency crises. However, even without these threats, the State’s emergency care network is threatened by crowding of hospitals, lack of on call specialists to provide specialty care within emergency departments and inadequate Medicaid reimbursement rates.
 
 
Statement in Opposition
Executive Budget Proposal to Eliminate the Exemption for Emergency Departments to Consult the Prescription Monitoring Program for Prescriptions Not Exceeding 5 Days
(Article VII, HMH S1507-A/A2007-A, Subpart C of Part BB)
 
Memorandum in Support
Budget Proposal to Fund and Extend Excess Medical Liability Program
(Article VII, HMH S1507-A/A2007-A, Part F & S1503/A2003 HMH)
 
Statement in Opposition
Executive Budget Proposal
Eliminate Medicaid Payments, Part B Co-insurance for Ambulance Services
(Article VII, HMH S1507-A/A2007-A, Part C, Section 3)
The New York American College of Emergency Physicians (New York ACEP) is strongly opposed to a proposal in the 2019-20 State Executive Budget to eliminate State Medicaid payments for Medicare Part B co-insurance for ambulance services. This proposal threatens the viability of ambulance service providers in the State and puts patient health and safety at risk.
 
Memorandum in Opposition
Opioid Excise Tax
SFY 2019-20 Executive Budget (S1509-A/S2009-A Part XX
 
Memorandum in Opposition
S3271 (Lanza)
Senate Health Committee
AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring hospital and emergency room physicians to notify a patient’s prescriber that such patient is being treated for a controlled substance.

Memorandum in Opposition
A3471 (McDonald)
Assembly Health Committee
AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring practitioners who administer naloxone or another overdose reversal agent to a patient in the case of a suspected or confirmed overdose to report the administration of the agent to the prescription monitoring program registry.
 
Memorandum in Opposition
S1793 (Rivera)
Senate Health Committee
AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to hospital statements of rights and responsibilities of patients; to amend the general municipal law, in relation to insurance coverage of ambulance and emergency medical services; to amend the financial services law, in relation to dispute resolution for emergency services; and to amend the financial services law and insurance law, in relation to assignment of health insurance benefits.