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General Assembly

 

Committee Bill No. 742

January Session, 2007

 

LCO No. 5020

 

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Referred to Committee on Select Committee on Veterans' Affairs

 

Introduced by:

 

(VA )

 

AN ACT CONCERNING A VETERANS' HEALTH REGISTRY.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2007) (a) The Department of Veterans' Affairs may establish and maintain, within available resources, a registry of data on members of the armed forces, as defined in section 27-103 of the general statutes, who have completed a period of active service. The department may develop surveys for members or their health care providers to voluntarily provide data during or after such active service. The surveys and data shall be collected and maintained in accordance with the requirements of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-191) (HIPAA), as amended from time to time, or regulations adopted thereunder.

(b) The surveys and data shall be related to members' illnesses and potential correlations to environmental hazards, including, but not limited to, vaccinations, infections, chemicals, pesticides, microwaves, depleted uranium, pyridostigmine bromide, and chemical and biological warfare agents. Within available resources, the department may use the data in the registry to (1) study the potential short-term and long-term effects of such hazards on such members, and (2) inform, customize and coordinate the provision of health care services to such members.

(c) No individually identifiable health information may be released by the department without the consent of the member to whom the information pertains in accordance with the requirements of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-191) (HIPAA), as amended from time to time, or regulations adopted thereunder.

(d) The surveys and data in the registry shall not be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section 1-200 of the general statutes.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2007

New section

VA

Joint Favorable C/R

PH

PH

Joint Favorable C/R

GAE

GAE

Joint Favorable

 

APP

Joint Favorable