Legislative Committe Chair: June Feder, PhD
Federal Advocacy Coordinators: Maury Lacher, PhD & John Northman, PhD
The Legislative Committee (L/C) is the "political arm" of NYSPA. The primary purpose of the L/C is to seek enactment of legislation favorable to psychology and block legislative initiatives unfavorable to the profession. By working directly with governmental units responsible for implementing laws, the L/C also seeks to bring about changes in policy through regulations. The L/C works directly in collaboration with the NYSPA lobbyist.Current Legislative Agenda:
- PLLC Bill – This legislation would permit psychologists and physicians to form partnerships for the delivery of health care services. The bill received support from both the Senate and the Assembly in the last legislative session, however did not make it to committee for approval. The bill has been reintroduced by Assemblyman Weprin (A.801) as a pre-filed bill for the coming session and a senate sponsor is pending committee assignments. We expect to have both houses sponsor the bill and begin an active grassroots campaign in the coming months. Talking points will be posted to this site, along with links to the bill.
- Insurance Reform Mandate - The Insurance Reform Law, passed in June 2011, stipulated insurance coverage for autism treatment, a condition that afflicts approximately 1in 88 persons, according to the Centers for Disease Control. New York State psychologists applaud this important step which we view as critical for supporting families’ efforts to get comprehensive, effective and affordable treatment for persons living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). NYSPA is committed to ensuring that individuals and families of individuals with ASD have access to the highest quality care. We are currently working with the Department of Insurance to assure that appropriate consideration for oversight of treatment, effective treatment planning and integrated team approaches are considered in the mandatory regulations.
The Legislative Committee meets five times each year. Discussion is lively, stimulating and at times even provocative. Meetings are held on Saturday mornings from 10-1. Meetings are open to any NYSPA member. Come to where the action is and help shape your professional future!