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Senate Bill 0458

Senate Bill 0458

ARCHIVE (2002)

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DIGEST OF SB 458 (Updated February 20, 2002 6:00 PM - DI 14)

HIV testing of pregnant women. Requires that hospitals are reimbursed by the state and private insurers for actual costs of performing HIV tests for pregnant women and that the total cost to the state must be less than twenty-four thousand dollars ($24,000). Requires that a pregnant woman be tested for HIV during pregnancy or at the time of delivery unless she refuses. Requires that a pregnant woman's refusal to consent to the test be documented in the woman's medical records. Requires a pregnant woman who refuses to consent to the test to acknowledge that she: (1) received the required counseling and information; (2) refuses to consent to the test. Specifies certain information regarding HIV testing, transmission, prevention, and treatment that must be provided to a pregnant woman. Requires that information regarding the HIV testing status of a pregnant woman be included on the confidential part of the birth or stillbirth certificate. Requires that pregnant women who meet the financial qualifications for Medicaid, the children's health insurance program, the AIDS drug assistance program, the health insurance assistance program and other health programs of the state are automatically approved for the services listed and may not be placed on waiting lists for the services. Requires the results of the tests to be confidential. Requires the state department of health to provide forms for HIV tests. Requires the state department of health to distribute written materials explaining treatment options for individuals who have a positive HIV test and to adopt rules for providing information to pregnant women about HIV. Repeals a provision concerning voluntary HIV testing for pregnant women and a provision containing an obsolete definition.
    Current Status:
    In Committee - 2nd House
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