Disabled New Yorkers won big when Governor Cuomo recently signed bill (A7842/S6078) authored by Assembly member Richard Gottfried and Senator David Valesky. This bill allows New Yorkers to obtain their medical and hospital records at no cost to them when applying for public benefits.
Jeffrey Freedman, Managing Attorney at Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC said “Applications for Social Security Disability, SSI, some veterans’ benefits, disability based Medicaid and other government programs require complete and accurate health records. We have been advocating on behalf of the disabled for a law such as this for over twenty years. ”
The appeals process can be very difficult for those with mental or physical disabilities. Often, disabled applicants who would otherwise be eligible for benefits are denied if they can’t support their applications with thorough and timely medical records. By the Governor signing this bill into law, gaining access to medical records will be much simpler for all New Yorkers. Claimants being able to obtain free medical records will find it helpful for them to receive benefits they need and are entitled to.