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Expanded Provider Law


As part of Governor Cuomo's 2019-2020 budget, a new law was passed expanding the types of medical providers that can be authorized to treat injured workers in the New York State workers' compensation system. As of January 1, 2020, licensed clinical social workers, nurse practitioners and acupuncturists, as well as current ancillary providers, including physician assistants, occupational therapists and physical therapists may apply to become Board-authorized providers.

This law is expected to bring thousands of providers into the NYS workers' compensation system and dramatically improve injured workers' access to health care.

Note: All providers who can be authorized by the NYS Workers' Compensation Board to treat injured workers must be Board-authorized to continue treating injured workers after Jan. 1, 2020. Ancillary providers who currently treat must become authorized (or have an authorization application pending with the Board) to continue treating after January 1, 2020.

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