Prior to the 2020 legislative session, NYS Society of Plastic Surgeons worked with a parent advocate, Assemblywoman Joanne Simon and State Senate Betty Little to proactively introduce legislation to specifically address this issue for cleft palate and cleft lip S1965 / A2971.

Assemblywoman Simon introduced A.8890 for the 2020 legislative session which provides comprehensive coverage for all congenital anomalies. This new legislation changes four sections of the New York State insurance law to guarantee coverage of congenital anomalies surgeries (medical and dental) and therapies (physical, occupational, etc.) for children from birth until they are no longer dependents on their parents’ insurance policies.