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Introduced Version House Bill 2607 History

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H. B. 2607


(By Delegates Leach, R. M. Thompson, Boggs and Houston)
[Introduced February 23, 2005; referred to the
Committee on Health and Human Resources then Finance.]




A BILL to amend and reenact §16-22-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the expansion of newborn testing to include sickle cell anemia and congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §16-22-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 22. DETECTION AND CONTROL OF PHENYLKETONURIA, GALACTOSEMIA, HYPOTHYROIDISM, AND CERTAIN OTHER DISEASES IN NEWBORN CHILDREN.

§16-22-3. Tests for phenylketonuria, galactosemia and hypothyroidism and certain other diseases specified by the State Public Health Commissioner; reports; assistance to afflicted children; Public Health Commissioner to propose rules.

(a) The hospital or birthing center in which an infant is born, the parents or legal guardians, the physician attending a newborn child, or any person attending a newborn child not under the care of a physician shall require and ensure that each such child be tested for phenylketonuria, galactosemia, hypothyroidism, sickle cell anemia, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, and certain other diseases specified by the State Public Health Commissioner according to current recommendations of the State Bureau of Public Health. Any test found positive for phenylketonuria, galactosemia, hypothyroidism, sickle cell anemia, congenital adrenal hyperplasia or certain other diseases specified by the State Public Health Commissioner shall be promptly reported to the State Bureau of Public Health by the director of the laboratory performing such test.
(b) The State Bureau of Public Health, in cooperation with other state departments and agencies, and with attending physicians, is authorized to provide medical, dietary and related assistance to children determined to be afflicted with phenylketonuria, galactosemia, hypothyroidism, sickle cell anemia, congenital adrenal hyperplasia and certain other diseases specified by the State Public Health Commissioner.
(c) The State Public Health Commissioner is authorized to promulgate shall propose rules for legislative approval pursuant to in accordance with article three, chapter twenty-nine of this code designed to implement the provisions of this section. with the approval of the secretary of the department of health and human resources


NOTE: The purpose of the bill is to expand newborn screening by adding sickle cell anemia and adrenal hypoplasia.


Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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