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A00198 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     January 6, 2021
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  CAHILL, SEAWRIGHT, ZEBROWSKI, BARRON, GLICK,
          BICHOTTE -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COOK, DICKENS -- read  once
          and referred to the Committee on Health
        AN  ACT in relation to requiring the commissioner of health to conduct a
          study relating to medical aid in dying
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  (a)  The  commissioner of health is hereby authorized and
     2  directed  to  study  the  issues,  implications,  practices,   licensure
     3  requirements and other topics related to medical aid in dying.
     4    (b)  The  study  shall  include,  but not be limited to, the following
     5  topics related to medical aid in dying:  statutes  currently  in  effect
     6  across  the United States and elsewhere; program implementation; written
     7  and oral request processes; rescission of a patient's request;  existing
     8  clinical  criteria  used by physicians to determine whether a patient is
     9  eligible; the specific type of physicians or medical  professionals  who
    10  are  legally  authorized  to respond to a patient's inquiries or request
    11  for the end-of-life medication or assistance; the physicians'  responsi-
    12  bilities  and  duties;  the  consulting physician's responsibilities and
    13  duties; the referral process to mental health professionals; the type of
    14  medical record documentation requirements; how physicians respond  to  a
    15  patient's inquiry; how physicians assess patients' decision making capa-
    16  bilities;  the  use  of  an  interpreter  in  circumstances where one is
    17  requested, required or appropriate;  procedures  administered  including
    18  the  types and doses of prescription medications provided if any; infor-
    19  mation statistical and other regarding people who have used medical  aid
    20  in  dying;  an  appraisal  of  reported abuse, if any, of medical aid in
    21  dying; regular reporting requirements; issues involving health  or  life
    22  insurance  coverage;  an  examination of current hospice services across

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

        A. 198                              2
     1  New York state; and any other topic or issue required  to  conduct  this
     2  study.
     3    (c)  The commissioner of health shall submit a report including recom-
     4  mendations and findings based on this study to the governor, the  tempo-
     5  rary president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly and the chairs
     6  of  the  senate and assembly standing committees on health no later than
     7  December 31, 2022.
     8    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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