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File #: Res 1367-2012    Version: * Name: Create tax credits for women’s health care providers.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 6/13/2012
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign legislation that would create tax credits for women’s health care providers.
Sponsors: Elizabeth S. Crowley, Margaret S. Chin, Vincent J. Gentile, Letitia James, Peter A. Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Annabel Palma, Deborah L. Rose, Albert Vann, Ruben Wills, Mathieu Eugene, Melissa Mark-Viverito
Council Member Sponsors: 12
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2013*Elizabeth S. Crowley City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/2012*Elizabeth S. Crowley City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/2012*Elizabeth S. Crowley City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1367
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign legislation that would create tax credits for women's health care providers.
 
 
By Council Members Crowley, Chin, Gentile, James, Koo, Koslowitz, Palma, Rose, Vann, Wills, Eugene and Mark-Viverito
 
Whereas, It is well documented that women's health care providers face significant cost barriers, particularly in the obstetrics and gynecological fields; and
Whereas, Obstetricians and gynecologists (OB-GYNs) in New York City spend nearly $178,000 on medical malpractice insurance alone; and
Whereas, Conversely, the insurance reimbursement rates for performing deliveries is low; a survey of members of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists revealed that 41 percent of OB-GYNs surveyed received between $1,500 and $2,500 for a delivery and 11 percent reported receiving less than $1,500 per delivery, significantly less than the actual cost of a delivery; and
Whereas, Aside from this cost, New York City practitioners also face high administrative and overhead costs; and
Whereas, Such high costs may contribute to a shortage of women's health care providers, which in turn reduces access to care and patient choice; and
Whereas, Patient access problems are especially prevalent in health profession shortage areas (HPSAs); and
Whereas, HPSAs are designations made by the United States Health Resources and Services Administration on the basis of geographic area, a low population-to-practitioner ratio and inaccessible resources in contiguous areas; and
Whereas, In New York State, there are currently 178 primary care HPSAs and nearly 2.5 million underserved residents; and
Whereas, Several of these primary care HPSAs are located within New York City's five boroughs; and
Whereas, Government can act to ease the burden on women's health care providers by authorizing tax credits which these practitioners can use to defray some of their operating costs; and
Whereas, Offering tax credits and incentivizing the provision of care in established high needs areas will directly result in higher quality of care, while ensuring that access is expanded; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign legislation that would create tax credits for women's health care providers.
 
LS# 3337
JM
3/30/12