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Raised Bill No. 216

February Session, 2018

 

LCO No. 1042

 

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Referred to Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH

 

Introduced by:

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROPHYLACTIC TREATMENT OF MINORS FOR SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES.

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

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 19a-216 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(a) Any municipal health department, state institution or facility, licensed physician, or public or private hospital or clinic, may examine or provide treatment, including prophylactic treatment, for [venereal] sexually transmitted disease for a minor, if the physician or facility is qualified to provide such examination or treatment. The consent of the parents or guardian of the minor shall not be a prerequisite to the examination or treatment. The physician in charge or other appropriate authority of the facility or the licensed physician concerned shall prescribe an appropriate course of treatment for the minor. The fact of consultation, examination or treatment of a minor under the provisions of this section shall be confidential and shall not be divulged by the facility or physician, including the sending of a bill for the services to any person other than the minor, except for purposes of reports under section 19a-215, and except that, if the minor is not more than twelve years of age, the facility or physician shall report the name, age and address of that minor to the Commissioner of Children and Families, or the commissioner's designee, who shall proceed thereon as in reports under section 17a-101g. As used in this subsection, "prophylactic" means a medicine or course of action used to prevent disease.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2018

19a-216(a)

Statement of Purpose:

To permit prophylactic treatment of minors for sexually transmitted diseases without the consent of a parent or guardian.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]