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2022 End of Session Update

The 2022 legislative session recently concluded, so we wanted to send an update on specific issues of importance.  While the session began remote and concluded in person, the final numbers show that it was one of the busiest legislative sessions in decades.  The pace at which legislation passed was on a level not seen since 1995, which was over 25 years ago. All told, the Assembly and Senate passed 1,007 bills.  This compares to 892 bills passed in 2021, which was record breaking at the time. The majority of the bills that passed both houses are still awaiting review and signature by the Governor.

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2022 End of Session Update

Thursday, June 2 was the last scheduled day of New York’s 2022 legislative session. Both houses ran into Friday, June 3 before officially concluding all their business. The Senate finished at 2:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3, while the Assembly returned for another full day of session on June 3 and will adjourn at some point during the day, likely in the early morning hours.

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Opioid Bill Passes Senate and Assembly!

We are pleased to announce that our coalition conservative care bill (opioid bill), A273 sponsored by Assemblymember Gottfried and S4640 sponsored by Senator Rivera, has passed both the Assembly and the Senate! The bill now heads to the governor’s office for review. We will be heavily advocating for her to sign the bill into law.

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Bill Introduced in Senate to Provide Full Chiropractic Coverage in Medicare

Use the link below to contact your Representative and Senator to ask them to sign on to support this important legislation.
The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act

The U.S. Senate has introduced a bill, S. 4042, to modernize Medicare coverage and better meet the needs of today’s seniors by increasing access to services provided by doctors of chiropractic. An identical bipartisan-supported bill in the House currently has 130 cosponsors.

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FY 2022-2023 Final Budget

After weeks of intense negotiations, New York State has enacted a final budget for 2022 - 2023. The Governor announced the framework of the budget deal late Thursday afternoon, and the Senate and Assembly are in the process of passing the final budget bills, which will be completed late tonight or tomorrow. 

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Governor Hochul Signs Three Anti-Sexual Harassment Bills

Earlier this week, Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law three bills intended to address and expand sexual harassment protections in New York State. While these laws will have relatively minor implications for private employers, employers should be aware of a few important points.

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Assembly and Senate One-House Budget Proposals

Over the weekend, the Assembly and Senate released their one-house budget proposals. Today, each house will vote today on resolutions, which memorialize their one-house budget proposals.

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Lobbying Update Mar 2022

The co-chairs of the Legislative Committee wanted to provide a legislative update on NYSCA’s legislative activities in Albany. Our Legislative Committee has been actively working with our government affairs attorney on several legislative priorities for the Association.

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Telehealth Bill Re-passed in the New York State Assembly

This just in! The Telehealth bill A7369 (Gottfried) / S7130 (Rivera) that would add chiropractors and several other provider groups to the list of those authorized to provide telehealth services in New York has passed the Assembly!

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New Federal Mandate: Good Faith Estimates

As you may be aware, the No Surprises Act was passed at the end of 2020 as a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Initially most experts believed this act applied only to facility-based providers. However, the recent finalization of Part II of the rules has a specific portion that applies to all health care providers.

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Governor Kathy Hochul’s 2022 - 2023 Proposed State Budget

Governor Kathy Hochul delivered her inaugural State Budget address this morning. Coming in at a brisk 16 minutes, the $216 billion State Budget is starkly different from the 2021- 2022 budget.

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Governor Kathy Hochul update as of 08/24/21

At 12:01 a.m., Kathy Hochul was officially sworn in as the 57th Governor of New York State. She is the first woman to ever hold this position. At 10:00 a.m., there was a ceremonial swearing in ceremony for Governor Hochul that was open to press with the oath of office administered by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore. She gave brief remarks at her swearing in and indicated that brevity was going to be a hallmark of her administration.

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Questions Regarding the Gubernatorial Transition

As you know from the update we sent yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that he will be resigning as Governor of New York.  This means that his Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will become the first female Governor of the State of New York. This transition has raised many questions, so we just wanted to take a moment to answer what we can right now.

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Legislative Update - June 4, 2021

Just a quick legislative update as the 2021 legislative session is scheduled to conclude next Thursday, June 10. We have been proactively pushing two bills of interest to the profession:

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The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization (H.R. 2654)

The American Chiropractic Association held a virtual lobby day on May 6, 2021 with about 350 doctors of chiropractic and students participating, to advocate for HR 2654 the Chiropractic Modernization Act.

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House Reintroduces Bill to Modernize Medicare’s Chiropractic Coverage

Arlington, VA – The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is pleased to announce that bipartisan legislation to modernize Medicare coverage of chiropractic services was reintroduced April 19 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Lobbying Update Feb 2021 - Scope

As you may be aware, in New York there a two-year legislative cycle. As this year is the start of a new legislative cycle, we have new bill numbers for our scope modernization bill. In addition, due to changes in the Assembly, we have a new Assembly sponsor.

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Help Avert Planned Cuts to Medicare Reimbursement

ACA has been part of two coalitions fighting these cuts and is supporting legislation designed to place a one-year moratorium on the planned cuts, to allow congress to develop a long-term solution. Contact your federal representative here and urge them to cosponsor this legislation, H.R. 8505.

2020 Government & Legislative Update

The Senate and Assembly returned to session this week to address legislation specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Committee meetings were held remotely in both houses on Tuesday, and then session was held on Wednesday and Thursday.  

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Lobbying Update Feb 2020

The NYSCA, in conjunction with the acupuncturists, massage therapists, physical therapist and occupational therapists, continues to work on legislation that recommends consideration of conservative care treatments, including chiropractic prior to prescribing opioid analgesics for neuromusculoskeletal conditions.  

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