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Important News for all New York WOC Nurses

Wednesday, October 23, 2013   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Becky Dryden
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To all New York State Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses,

We have all had ostomy patients who sadly did not have coverage for their ostomy supplies, or were unable to get exactly what they need, or had to make do with an inadequate amount of supplies. In New York State, bills have recently been introduced in the New York Assembly (A8137) and the Senate (S5937) for the legislative session beginning January 2014, requiring health insurers to include full coverage for ostomy supplies. Previous bills have been introduced and have died in committee.

A small committee of NYS WOC nurses with the help of the United Ostomy Associations of America has put together an advocacy effort, and needs your help to make sure this does not happen again. We need a strong show of support from any stakeholder in the process. That includes the strongest advocate that ostomy patients generally have: YOU, the ostomy nurse.

The advocacy process is not difficult, and includes such things as petitions (hard copy as well as online); letters of support from health care providers, organizations, patients, and families; and contacting your home legislators voicing your support. In this message, we have the following 5 links to help you:

  1. Action Plan
    • Includes exact details and actions that you can take
  2. Talking points
    • For you to use in writing your letters, emails and contacting your representative
  3. How to Contact NY Senators and Assemblymen/women
    • Step-by-step instructions to help navigate the State Senate and State Assembly websites to find your Senator and Assemblymen/women
  4. Sample letter
    • For anyone to use – including you, patients, concerned ones, organizations, etc.
  5. Sample petition

We will continue to work on this until they meet again. The New York State Legislature starts their session in January, and documents can still be submitted once it begins.However, it would be a good goal to have these efforts completed by the end of the year, and submitted by that time.

We have all experienced those patients who have not been able to get the needed supplies.

We CANNOT let this bill die in committee like the previous ones.

It is up to ALL of us to get this bill passed and your participation is crucial.

For further information, contact the committee by email at


Nora Sammon says...
Posted Thursday, January 16, 2014
Have we heard of any outcome from this petition?
Mary P. Donovan says...
Posted Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Please, NYS government, take a moment and reflect on the life of an “Ostomate”. If you do not know what that is like, then you certainly should not consider denying this population the need supplies. This life altering procedure does not prohibit the Ostomate from working and being a contributing member of society. With insurance coverage their needs will be met automatically & they will not require trips to the emergency rooms (a costly intervention) Lack of supplies promotes social isolation, depression - underlying costs that will burden our health care system. How can an insurance org. pay for the ostomy surgery and not the supplies? Is it acceptable for a car mechanic empty the old oil without replacing with new? Employers should consider the whole person when they chose a health care plan. The plan that will provide a quality of life for their employees. Please be mindful and compassionate. What if you lost your job and yourchild needed supplies? MDonovan RN CWON

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