- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York will require health insurers to provide coverage for equipment and supplies for treating ostomies, intended to help ease the financial burden for people with the chronic condition.

The amendments, signed this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, take effect Jan. 1.

An ostomy is a surgically created opening in the body for the discharge of waste.

Advocates say recurring expenses for supplies can be costly, while current law already authorizes that coverage for other chronic conditions like diabetes.

The coverage required under policies providing medical or comprehensive insurance, are subject to annual deductibles and co-insurance as the Department of Financial Services authorizes.

A companion measure says coverage will be identical to that provided under the federal Affordable Care Act’s essential health benefits.

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