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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 24, 2017
Time and Place: 4:00 p.m. - 3rd Floor East
Revised to delete SB1504 and add SB1577

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. 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.

S.B. 1519

Patron: McClellan

Required immunizations; meningococcal conjugate. Requires the Board of Health to include in regulations governing the immunization of school children a requirement for one dose of meningococcal conjugate (MCV4) administered before the child enters the sixth grade. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2018.

S.B. 1577

Patron: Peake

Alternative onsite sewage systems; sampling. Prohibits the State Board of Health's program on alternative onsite sewage systems from requiring effluent sampling from certain alternative onsite sewage systems except in response to a complaint or as part of a random inspection conducted by the Department of Health.