Bull Moose Club
150 State Street, Floor 4 (Franklin Room)
Albany, NY 12207
8:00am Opening Remarks and Briefing
10:00am Legislative Appointments Begin
Support A.8890 (Simon), Give Kids A Chance–Carter’s Law so that New York health insurance companies can no longer routinely deny coverage for medical procedures and therapies they consider not medically necessary.
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In New York, 1 in 38 babies are born with a congenital anomaly. On average, children with congenital anomalies can expect anywhere from three to five surgical procedures throughout their childhood to restore a more normal appearance and function.
Although insurance carriers may provide coverage for the initial procedures, they may resist coverage of the later stage procedures, claiming they are cosmetic and not medically necessary. Denial or delay of these procedures – which by definition are reconstructive – could lead to long-term physical, functional, and psychological injuries.
To a layperson, repair of a congenital anomaly may seem cosmetic in nature. However, reconstructive surgery is performed to treat structures of the body affected aesthetically or functionally by congenital or developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors, or disease. It is generally done to improve function and ability, and may also be performed to achieve a more typical appearance of the affected structure.
Coverage should also be provided for healthcare services that help an individual keep, learn, or improve skills and functioning for daily living. Habilitative services may include physical and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and other services for people with disabilities in a variety of inpatient and/or outpatient settings.
On Wednesday, April 29, 2020 you are invited to advocate for your patients and the profession during the annual New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Advocacy Day.
The day will begin with a legislative briefing of the issues and “asks” as well as a discussion on how to maintain and advance relationships with lawmakers.
Appointments are scheduled to begin at 10:00am and end at 4:00pm.
Join your plastic surgery colleagues in the nation's capital to advocate for the specialty and the patients you serve. At the ASPS Regional Fly-Ins, member surgeons will meet with their congressional representatives to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the specialty, offering solutions that will improve healthcare for surgeons and patients.
Unlike the ASPS Advocacy Summit, the Fly-Ins are strictly focused on meetings with members of Congress and do not include educational programming. Members are encouraged to register for the Fly-In for their respective state.
It is critical that members of Congress hear directly from their constituents about the impact federal proposals will have on your practice and the specialty. Join us and make your voice heard!