The bill updates the current newborn screening program to require more timely newborn hearing screenings. The department of public health and environment (department) is authorized to assess a fee for newborn screening and necessary follow-up services. The bill creates the newborn hearing screening cash fund for the purpose of covering the costs of the program.
The bill requires the state board of health to promulgate rules:
- Concerning the requirements of the newborn screening program for genetic and metabolic disorders;
- Requiring entities with information pertinent to newborn screening to report to the department; and
- To establish and maintain appropriate follow-up services for newborns at risk of hearing loss and newborns who fail to receive screening.
The bill requires the department to develop and publish materials on its website for education and training on cytomegalovirus.
The bill appropriates money to the department from:
- The information technology cash fund for use by the center for health and environmental data for an information and technology system for hearing loss screening;
- The newborn screening and genetic counseling cash fund for use by the laboratory services division; and
- The newborn hearing screening cash fund for use by the center for health and environmental data.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)