Prohibits general hospitals from disallowing individuals with disabilities from having an essential support person accompany them for the duration of their hospitalization in response to a pandemic or state disaster emergency.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
January 6, 2021
Introduced by Sens. ADDABBO, BORRELLO, BROUK, GALLIVAN, GIANARIS,
GOUNARDES, JACKSON, LIU, MARTUCCI, PALUMBO, PERSAUD, RAMOS, REICHLIN-
MELNICK, RIVERA, SANDERS, TEDISCO -- read twice and ordered printed,
and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Disabilities --
committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
recommitted to said committee
AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to prohibiting gener-
al hospitals from disallowing individuals with disabilities from
having an essential support person accompany them for the duration of
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 2828 to read as follows:
3 § 2828. Essential support persons allowed for individuals with disa-
4 bilities during a state of emergency. 1. For purposes of this section,
5 the following terms shall have the following meanings:
6 (a) "Disability" shall mean any condition or disorder which prevents
7 or makes difficult for an individual the ability to communicate a
8 medical condition or certain specific medical or everyday needs, includ-
9 ing, but not limited to, autism or cerebral palsy.
10 (b) "Essential support person" shall mean an individual who frequently
11 accompanies and assists an individual with a disability with managing
12 and communicating basic or medical needs and is considered a critical
13 member of such individual's health care team.
14 2. (a) No general hospital shall establish any rules or regulations in
15 response to a pandemic or state disaster emergency declared by the
16 governor, prohibiting a patient who suffers from a disability from
17 having access to an essential support person for the duration of their
18 hospitalization from intake to discharge.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 (b) An individual with a disability shall be allowed to designate a
2 single primary essential support person to assist with medical and
3 everyday needs during hospitalization and such essential support person
4 shall be limited to such individual's parent, spouse or caretaker.
5 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.