Executive Law Section 631(13) provides for direct reimbursement by the Office of Victim Services (OVS) to providers of sexual assault forensic health care examination services.
This measure provides for the personal privacy of sexual assault victims, while reimbursing providers when the victim does not have access to private health insurance or chooses not to use private health care insurance for the forensic examination.
Some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about this program appear below. Important instructions for filing claims under this program can be found here.
If you have a question that does not appear in this section, or you need more information about the direct reimbursement program, please contact OVS at ovs.ny.gov or call at 1-800-247-8035.
July 2015 Memo from OVS-Department of Health detailing Laws and Regulations related to FREs
We hope this FAQ section facilitates the processing of all FRE applications and ensures that sexual assault survivors and the providers that serve them benefit from this important program. As always, the OVS stands poised to do all it can to compassionately and effectively serve innocent victims of crime.