OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sHB-5147

AN ACT CONCERNING NEWBORN SCREENING FOR CYTOMEGALOVIRUS AND ESTABLISHING A PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR CYTOMEGALOVIRUS.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Cost

approx. 40,000

approx. 27,000

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in a cost to the Department of Public Health (DPH) of approximately $40,000 in FY 15 and approximately $27,000 in FY 16 to establish a cytomegalovirus public education program. Costs to DPH reflect the on-going publishing and distribution expenses for 155,000 English-language brochures, 16,000 Spanish-language brochures and 8,000 English-language/500 Spanish-language posters. These are anticipated to be distributed to various health care providers, daycares and school nurses. There is an anticipated one-time cost to DPH of $14,000 in FY 15 associated with the development and design of the brochure and poster. FY 16 printing costs were inflated by 2.1% and mailing costs were inflated by 6.5%.1 It is anticipated that DPH will also post information about cytomegalovirus on its website. There is no fiscal impact to DPH to post information on its website. Cytomegalovirus testing for infants that fail their hearing screening will be performed by the institutions that administer newborn screening tests, not by DPH and, therefore, there will be no cost to DPH from these tests.

The Out Years

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

Sources:

United States Postal Service online: Postage Rates and Historical Statistics

1 This is the percent increase in the United States Postal Services postage stamps from 1/27/13 ($0.42) to 1/26/14 ($0.49).