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Senate Committee on Education and Health
Subcommittee Health

Cosgrove (Chairman), Black, Barker, Lewis, Suetterlein

Clerk: Patty Lung, Rhonda Johnson
Staff: Thomas Stevens
Date of Meeting: January 17, 2017
Time and Place: 4:00 p.m. - 3rd Floor East

S.B. 885

Patron: Locke

Testing for infection with human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis B or C virus; order of magistrate. Allows a magistrate to issue an order requiring a person to provide a blood specimen for testing for human immunodeficiency virus or the hepatitis B or C virus when exposure to bodily fluids occurs between a person and a health care provider, person employed by or under the direction and control of a health care provider, law-enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency medical services personnel, or school board employee and the person whose blood specimen is sought refuses to consent to providing such specimen. Currently, only the general district court may issue such order.

S.B. 1048

Patron: Hanger

Death certificate amendments; disputes settled by clerk of circuit court. Provides that when an applicant does not submit the minimum documentation required by regulation to amend a death certificate or when the State Registrar finds reason to question the validity or sufficiency of the evidence, an aggrieved applicant may submit his evidence for the amendment to the clerk of a circuit court. Such clerk shall notify the State Registrar upon finding that the submitted evidence is valid and sufficient to amend the death certificate. Upon such notice, the State Registrar shall amend such death certificate to reflect the new information and evidence.

S.B. 1330

Patron: Carrico

Critical incident stress management team and critical stress management team privileged communications. Renames critical incident stress management teams "peer support teams" to more accurately reflect the scope of such teams and expands the privileged communications of a peer support team member to all communications made to a member of a peer support team unless such communication is specifically excluded under the privilege. Under current law, the privilege attaches only to communications concerning a critical incident. The bill also specifies that a peer support team shall be headed by a Virginia-licensed clinical psychologist, Virginia-licensed psychiatrist, Virginia-licensed clinical social worker, or Virginia-licensed professional counselor with at least five years of experience as a mental health consultant who works directly with emergency medical services personnel or public safety personnel to meet the accreditation standards.

S.B. 1404

Patron: DeSteph

Department of Medical Assistance Services; eligibility for services under waiver. Prohibits the Department of Medical Assistance Services from reducing, terminating, suspending, or denying services for an individual enrolled in a waiver who is otherwise eligible for such services on the basis of such individual's informed choice of place of residence in the Commonwealth.