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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NY State Ostomy Supplies Bill SIGNED INTO LAW!

Dear Member,

We are very excited to share with you this great update that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed yesterday (9/23/14) into law the New York State Ostomy Supplies Bill! a legislation which mandates that all health insurers in the state provide coverage of ostomy supplies. The legislation states that "every policy which provides medical coverage that includes coverage for physician services in a physician's office and every policy which provides major medical or similar comprehensive-type coverage shall include coverage for equipment and supplies used for the treatment of ostomies." The coverage will be subject to annual deductibles and coinsurance. This legislation marks an important first step in our effort to protect our patients’ rights to the medical supplies that they so desperately need.

Thank you to all who signed the petition and called the legislators & governor’s office!

We would like to thank the following people who have been instrumental in organizing the drive to pass this legislation, Without their determination this legislation would have likely stayed dormant, as it had in previous years,
Heidi H. Cross, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWOCN,
Donna J. Truland, BSN, RN, CWOCN,
Jody Scardillo, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN,
Linda Pasto, MS, RN, CNE,
Diane Lipsey Watkin, LMSW, President Ileostomy Association of New York and Captain

And the great team at United Ostomy Associations of America
Susan Burns, Vice President
Doug Shefsky, Director
Colin Cooke, of Cooke Health Care Consultancy LLC, Consultant

We would also like to thank the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society.

And we are so sorry if we overlooked you on our list! We hope to mention in the future. Please accept it as a personal thanks and apology.

Now, Let’s celebrate!!!

We would also like to share with you, there is a new Jewish group for Ostomates, please contact inspireanostomate@gmail.com to join the group.

A sweet and healthy new year to all of you!

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