OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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SB-1343

AN ACT CONCERNING COMPASSIONATE CARE FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 08 $

FY 09 $

Division of Criminal Justice – Forensic Sex Evidence Exam Account

GF - Cost

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Public Health, Dept.

GF - None

None

None

UConn Health Ctr.

Various - None

None

None

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill requires hospitals to dispense emergency contraception to any female victim of sexual assault, upon the victim's request.

The Division of Criminal Justice reimburses the cost of emergency contraception for any victim of sexual assault who has had a forensic sex evidence exam conducted (using a rape kit) to gather evidence for prosecution. Under current law, the total cost to reimburse victims for emergency contraception is estimated to be less than $50,000 annually. 1 The bill could result in a marginal increase in the number of reimbursements for emergency contraception. The cost of any such increase would be minimal given that the total cost under current law is less than $50,000.

No fiscal impact is anticipated for John Dempsey Hospital at the University of Connecticut Health Center, as it is currently in compliance with requirements set forth within the bill.

The Department of Public Health will be able to adopt the required regulations within its normally budgeted resources.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

1 Based on the number of adult exams performed in FY 06 (375) * the average cost of emergency contraception administered by a hospital ($100).