OLR Bill Analysis

SB 56 (File 66, as amended by Senate “A”)*

AN ACT CONCERNING PULSE OXIMETRY SCREENING FOR NEWBORN INFANTS.

SUMMARY:

Starting January 1, 2013, this bill requires all health care institutions caring for newborn infants to test them for critical congenital heart disease, unless, as allowed by law, their parents object on religious grounds. It requires the testing to be done as soon as medically appropriate. Like existing law that requires these institutions to test newborn infants for cystic fibrosis and severe combined immunodeficiency disease, the test for critical congenital heart disease is not part of the state's newborn screening program for genetic and metabolic disorders. That program, in addition to screening, directs parents of identified infants to counseling and treatment.

*Senate Amendment “A” (1) substitutes “critical congenital heart disease” for “pulse oximetry” screening tests and (2) delays, from October 1, 2012 to January 1, 2013, the date by which health care institutions must begin conducting these tests.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

25

Nay

0

(03/09/2012)