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Arianna Fishman, afishman@nyclu.org, 212-607-3372

January 24, 2024

ALBANY – Today, the state legislature passed the Hospital Transparency Act (S.1003A-Hinchey / A.733A-Rozic) which would give patients the ability to find out whether the hospital in their area provides the care they need before they are admitted. The legislation also helps the state identify care deserts where particular types of health care are unavailable.

In response, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement from Policy Counsel Allie Bohm:

“No one should be turned away from a hospital when they need health care. But right here in New York, hospitals deny certain types of care, like abortion, contraception, miscarriage management, gender-affirming care, end of life care, and more based on their own bureaucratic policies rather than medical science. These policies are often shrouded in secrecy, so anyone in New York could find themselves in the dark about where to get the care they need.

“As abortion access and gender-affirming care are under attack nationwide, our state must do everything it can to identify health care deserts and close those gaps. Governor Hochul must sign the Hospital Transparency Act into law without delay.”