92nd General Assembly
Summary of HB5659
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Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends the Communicable Disease Prevention Act. Adds  definitions      
   of certain terms. Adds statements of public policy. Changes references      
   to a child's "guardian" to "legal guardian". Adds provisions requiring      
   that immunization information for children age 18 or under be reported      
   to  the  State  immunization  registry maintained by the Department of      
   Public Health. Provides that no  person  shall  be  liable  for  civil      
   damages  or  professional  discipline  as a result of the reporting of      
   immunization information to the State  immunization  registry,  except      
   for   willful   or   wanton  misconduct.  Authorizes  the  release  of      
   information from the registry to certain individuals and entities  for      
   the purpose of providing immunization services and for other purposes.      
   Makes   unauthorized   use  or  misuse  of  the  registry  a  Class  A      
   misdemeanor. Effective immediately.                                         
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                 
        Deletes  "other  health  professional"  from  the  definition  of      
   "health care provider". Provides that the State immunization  registry      
   shall  include  identifying  information  and locating information "if      
   known". Provides that immunization information shall be released by an      
   authorized user of the registry or by the Department of Public  Health      
   only  upon  written  request  and  only to a patient, parent, or legal      
   guardian (instead of released  upon  written  request  to  a  patient,      
   parent,  or  legal guardian). Provides that a health care provider who      
   has  provided  immunization  services  to  a  patient  shall   release      
   information  concerning  those  services only to the patient or to the      
   patient's parent  or  legal  guardian  and  only  upon  that  person's      
   request,  but  the request need not be written. Requires a health care      
   provider to inform a parent or guardian about the parent or guardian's      
   right to refuse to participate in the State immunization registry  and      
   the  right  to  delete  or limit information in the registry. Provides      
   that statistical reports  on  the  status  of  immunizations  may  not      
   include  any information that could be used to identify a patient or a      
   patient's  parent  or  guardian.  Makes  the   use   of   immunization      
   information  in  connection with third party payer payments subject to      
   the consent  of  the  patient's  parent  or  guardian.   Requires  the      
   Department  of  Public  Health  to comply with a request by a patient,      
   parent, or guardian for a limitation on the transfer  of  immunization      
   information under certain conditions.  Makes other changes.                 
          FISCAL NOTE (Department of Public Health)                            
          The Department's Immunization Section currently receives             
          federal funding to support implementation of the TOTS Registry.      
          The Department's Information Technology Division utilizes            
          limited GRF funds to support the continued development and           
          enhancement of the system. It is assumed if this program is          
          phased in over a period of time, existing revenues will cover        
          the cost of the program.                                             
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE

   Last action date: JAN-07-2003

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   1     SENATE -   0


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