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Substitute House Bill No. 5686

Public Act No. 02-113

AN ACT REQUIRING THE SCREENING OF NEWBORNS FOR METABOLIC DISEASES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 19a-55 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2002):

(a) The administrative officer or other person in charge of each institution caring for newborn infants shall cause to have administered to every such infant in its care an HIV-related test, as defined in section 19a-581, a test for phenylketonuria and other metabolic diseases, hypothyroidism, galactosemia, sickle cell disease, maple syrup urine disease, homocystinuria, biotinidase deficiency, congenital adrenal hyperplasia and such other tests for inborn errors of metabolism as shall be prescribed by the Department of Public Health. The tests shall be administered as soon after birth as is medically appropriate. If the mother has had an HIV-related test pursuant to section 19a-90 or 19a-593, the person responsible for testing under this section may omit an HIV-related test. The Commissioner of Public Health shall (1) administer the newborn screening program, (2) direct persons identified through the screening program to appropriate specialty centers for treatments, consistent with any applicable confidentiality requirements, and (3) set the fees to be charged to institutions to cover all expenses of the comprehensive screening program including testing, tracking and treatment. The fees to be charged pursuant to subdivision (3) of this section shall be set at a minimum of twenty-eight dollars. The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, specifying the abnormal conditions to be tested for and the manner of recording and reporting results. On or before January 1, 2003, such regulations shall include requirements for testing for amino acid disorders, organic acid disorders and fatty acid oxidation disorders, including, but not limited to, long-chain 3-hydroxyacyl CoA dehydrogenase (L-CHAD) and medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (MCAD).

Sec. 2. (Effective July 1, 2002) The Department of Public Health shall purchase two tandem mass spectrometers to be used for screening newborns for metabolic diseases.

Approved June 7, 2002