Bill to give incarcerated New Yorkers' health records to relatives passes Legislature

Posted by Annalicia Finol on June 13, 2016 ·

By  ADDY BAIRD - Politico New York

The bill was sponsored in the Assembly by Michael Blake and in the Senate by Gustavo Rivera, both Bronx Democrats.

"While last year's administrative directives ordered by Governor Cuomo were steps in the right direction to ensure that DOCCS maintains an updated and readily accessible medical and mental health authorization form from an incarcerated individual, this bill aims to go a step further," Rivera said in a statement Monday.

Incarcerated people may soon be able to grant family members or caretakers access to their medical records, after bills proposing the change passed both houses of the Legislature Monday.

The bill was sponsored in the Assembly by Michael Blake and in the Senate by Gustavo Rivera, both Bronx Democrats.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a version of the bill last year and instead ordered that the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision review the medical authorization form to ensure it is updated regularly and accessible in emergencies. He also ordered that the form be provided to incarcerated people upon admission, put in their personal medical records and kept in correctional facilities’ law libraries. The new bill seeks to codify those orders.

"While last year's administrative directives ordered by Governor Cuomo were steps in the right direction to ensure that DOCCS maintains an updated and readily accessible medical and mental health authorization form from an incarcerated individual, this bill aims to go a step further," Rivera said in a statement Monday.

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