OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sHB-5525

AN ACT CONCERNING CYTOMEGALOVIRUS.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 6817)

House Calendar No.: 318


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: See below

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill requires hospitals to test for cytomegalovirus when a newborn fails a hearing screening. This requirement may have a fiscal impact for the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC). The cytomegalovirus test at UCHC costs approximately $150. As only a few infants annually fail the newborn hearing screening at UCHC, any cost incurred at UCHC is expected to be minimal. Additionally, such costs may be offset by private insurance billing, to the extent that the test is a covered service. The bill also requires hospitals to report positive tests for cytomegalovirus to the Department of Public Health.

House “A” added the reporting requirement for hospitals. There was no associated fiscal impact.

The Out Years

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