Date Requested:February 07, 2011
Time Requested:05:02 PM
Agency: Health and Human Resources, Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2011R2472 Introduced HB3043
CBD Subject: GRIEVING PARENTS ACT
FUND(S)
0407 - General Revenue
Sources of Revenue
General Fund
Legislation creates:
A New Program

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    The purpose of this bill is to reform the vital statistics procedures related to fetal death, spontaneous fetal death (stillbirth), and induced termination of pregnancy resulting in live birth. This bill may be referred to as "the Grieving Parents Act" or "Bobby's Law".
    The estimated cost to the Department to create a new reporting system and promulgate rules for "the Grieving Parents Act" would be approximately $214,100.
    

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2011
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2012
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 214,100 0
Personal Services 0 94,500 0
Current Expenses 0 119,600 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 240 120
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    Expenditure estimates were estimated as follows:
    The addition of two training staff (approximate salary $35,000/ea, with corresponding benefits of $12,250/ea.) = $94,500.
    Estimated current expense includes mini training classes in all 55 counties to train the county clerks, hospital clerks and OBGYN offices. Estimated cost is based on an average training cost of $200 per person with average of 10 people per county (200 x 10 x 55) = $110,000. The estimated training cost includes mileage, training materials, travel, hospitality, etc.
    Costs related to programming of the new reporting system are estimated at $9,600 ($120 x 80 hrs.).
     Revenues are based on experience from other states.
    


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Michael J. Lewis, M.D., Ph.D.
Email Address:
dhhrbudgetoffice@wv.gov
    Language in the bill is technically flawed: 1) uses terminology inconsistent with the balance of vital statistics code, 2) much of the language describes processes which are already in place and restates current code in another code section, 3) one of the proposed code sections is unclear in its intent but appears unnecessary, 4) it changes a definition to something other than the national reporting standard for stillbirths, 5) it introduces a new reproting system that is optional and partially duplicates existing systems.