Bill Text: NY A00242 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Relates to providing insurance coverage for medical marihuana.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 18-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-20 - reported referred to ways and means [A00242 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-A00242-Introduced.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                           242

                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                       (Prefiled)

                                     January 6, 2021
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. GOTTFRIED, DAVILA, DINOWITZ, EPSTEIN, HUNTER,
          LUPARDO, M. MILLER, PAULIN, PEOPLES-STOKES,  L. ROSENTHAL,  SEAWRIGHT,
          SIMON,  SAYEGH,  DARLING  --  Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. HEVESI --
          read once and referred to the Committee on Health

        AN ACT to amend the public health law and the social  services  law,  in
          relation to health coverage for medical marihuana

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Section 3368 of the public health law, as added by  chapter
     2  90 of the laws of 2014, is amended to read as follows:
     3    §  3368. Relation to other laws. 1. (a) The provisions of this article
     4  shall apply to this title, except that where a provision of  this  title
     5  conflicts  with  another  provision  of  this  article, this title shall
     6  apply.
     7    (b) Medical marihuana shall not be deemed to be a "drug" for  purposes
     8  of  article  one  hundred  thirty-seven of the education law.   However,
     9  regardless of federal financial participation, medical  marihuana,  when
    10  dispensed  under  this  title, shall be deemed to be (i) a "prescription
    11  drug" for purposes of coverage  under  medical  assistance  under  title
    12  eleven  of  article  five  of the social services law (provided that the
    13  dispensing site is certified under  subdivision  ten  of  section  three
    14  hundred sixty-five-a of the social services law), title one-A of article
    15  twenty-five of this chapter, the insurance law, and the workers' compen-
    16  sation  law;  (ii) a "covered drug" for purposes of coverage under title
    17  three of article two of the elder law; and (iii) a "health care service"
    18  under section three hundred sixty-nine-gg of  the  social  services  law
    19  (unless  the  commissioner  finds  that  this will result in the loss of
    20  federal financial participation in the program under that section).
    21    2. Nothing in this title shall be construed to require or prohibit  an
    22  insurer  or  health  plan  under  this  chapter  or the insurance law to

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD00232-01-1

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     1  provide coverage for medical marihuana, except that it shall be covered,
     2  as provided in subdivision one of this section, by any insurer or health
     3  plan under title eleven of article five  of  the  social  services  law,
     4  title one-A of article twenty-five of this chapter, the workers' compen-
     5  sation  law,  title  three  of article two of the elder law, and section
     6  three hundred sixty-nine-gg of the social services law. [Nothing in this
     7  title shall be construed to require coverage for medical marihuana under
     8  article twenty-five of this  chapter  or  article  five  of  the  social
     9  services law.]
    10    §  2.  Section 365-a of the social services law is amended by adding a
    11  new subdivision 11 to read as follows:
    12    11. The commissioner may certify a dispensing  site  authorized  under
    13  title  five-A of article thirty-three the public health law as a medical
    14  assistance provider, solely for the purpose of dispensing medical  mari-
    15  huana.
    16    §  3. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding
    17  the date on which it shall have become a law; provided  that,  effective
    18  immediately,  the commissioner of health and superintendent of financial
    19  services shall make regulations and take other actions reasonably neces-
    20  sary to implement this act on that date; and provided further  that  the
    21  amendments  to section 3368 of the public health law made by section one
    22  of this act shall not affect the repeal of such section and shall expire
    23  and be deemed repealed therewith.
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