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File No. 310

    February Session, 2018

Substitute House Bill No. 5214

House of Representatives, April 9, 2018

The Committee on Public Health reported through REP. STEINBERG of the 136th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT ALLOWING MEDICAL ASSISTANTS TO ADMINISTER VACCINES AND NEBULIZER TREATMENTS.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2018) (a) For purposes of this section, "medical assistant" means a person who (1) is certified by the American Association of Medical Assistants, the National Healthcareer Association, the National Center for Competency Testing or the American Medical Technologists, and (2) has graduated from a postsecondary medical assisting program (A) accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools or another accrediting organization recognized by the United States Department of Education, or (B) offered by an institution of higher education accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the United States Department of Education.

(b) A medical assistant may administer a vaccine or nebulizer treatment to a person eighteen years of age or older under the direct supervision, control and responsibility of a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 370 of the general statutes or an advanced practice registered nurse licensed pursuant to chapter 378 of the general statutes. Prior to administering a vaccine, a medical assistant shall complete not less than twenty-four hours of classroom training and not less than eight hours of training in a clinical setting regarding the administration of vaccines. Prior to administering a nebulizer treatment, a medical assistant shall receive training by the supervising physician or advanced practice registered nurse in the administration of such treatment.

Sec. 2. Section 19a-6f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2018):

On or before January [1, 2017, and] first, annually, [thereafter,] the Commissioner of Public Health shall obtain from the American Association of Medical Assistants, [and] the National Healthcareer Association, the National Center for Competency Testing and the American Medical Technologists a listing of all state residents maintained on said organizations' registry of certified medical assistants. The commissioner shall make such listings available for public inspection.

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

Section 1

October 1, 2018

New section

Sec. 2

October 1, 2018

19a-6f

PH

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill, which allows medical assistants to administer vaccines/nebulizer treatments to adults under certain conditions, is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact to the state or municipalities.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5214

AN ACT ALLOWING MEDICAL ASSISTANTS TO ADMINISTER VACCINES AND NEBULIZER TREATMENTS.

SUMMARY

Under certain conditions, this bill allows medical assistants to administer vaccines or nebulizer treatments to adults (age 18 or older). They may do so only if they (1) meet certain certification, education, and training requirements and (2) are acting under the direct supervision, control, and responsibility of a licensed physician or advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

The bill also makes a corresponding change to the Department of Public Health (DPH) commissioner's duty to annually obtain and make available a list of state residents certified as medical assistants by certain national organizations.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2018

REQUIRED CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION, AND TRAINING

Under the bill, to be eligible to administer vaccines or nebulizer treatments as specified above, a medical assistant must be certified by the American Association of Medical Assistants, the National Healthcareer Association, the National Center for Competency Testing, or the American Medical Technologists.

The medical assistant also must have graduated from a postsecondary medical assisting program:

The bill also requires the assistant, before administering such treatments, to complete training as follows:

LIST OF CERTIFIED MEDICAL ASSISTANTS

Under existing law, the DPH commissioner must annually obtain from the American Association of Medical Assistants and the National Healthcareer Association a list of all state residents on each organization's registry of certified medical assistants. DPH must make the lists available to the public. The bill extends this requirement to also include comparable lists from the National Center for Competency Testing and the American Medical Technologists.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

22

Nay

5

(03/19/2018)

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