1999 State of Wyoming 99LSO-0300.E1

                             SENATE FILE NO. SF0037
Newborn hearing screening.

Sponsored by: Senator(s) Scott and Representative(s)

                                     A BILL

 1  AN ACT relating to newborn screening; requiring screening

 2  for hearing defects in newborns as specified; authorizing

 3  exemption from examinations as specified; requiring

 4  promulgation of rules and regulations for implementation of

 5  a newborn screening program; requiring report by the

 6  department of health on the newborn screening program; and

 7  providing for an effective date.


 9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Wyoming:


11       Section 1.  W.S. 35-4-801(a) and (c) and

12  35-4-802(a)(ii) are amended to read:


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15                                NEWBORN SCREENING


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 1       35-4-801.  Screening required for detection of

 2  metabolic diseases and hearing defects in newborn children;

 3  conduct of screening; exceptions.


 5       (a)  Every child born in the state of Wyoming, within

 6  three (3) to five (5) days for normal children and five (5)

 7  to eight (8) days for premature children following birth

 8  unless a different time period is medically indicated, shall

 9  be given medical examinations for detection of remedial

10  inborn errors of metabolism and for detection of major 

11  hearing defects.  The screening shall be conducted in

12  accordance with accepted medical practices and in the manner

13  prescribed by the state department of health.


15       (c)  Informed consent of parents shall be obtained and

16  if any parent or guardian of a child objects to the

17  mandatory examination examinations the child is exempt from

18  subsection (a) of this section. If a parent or guardian of 

19  a child objects to a particular examination the child shall 

20  be exempt from that examination.


22       35-4-802.  Rules and regulations.


24       (a)  The state department of health shall make all

25  rules and regulations necessary for:

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 2            (ii)  Implementation of W.S. 35-4-801, as amended,

 3  not later than July 1, 1980 1999.


 5       Section 2.


 7       (a)  By November 1, 2000, the department of health

 8  shall provide the joint labor, health and social services

 9  interim committee a report on the implementation of the

10  newborn hearing screening program.  The state health officer

11  may require reporting as necessary for this report from

12  health care providers.  The report shall include:


14            (i)  The number of screenings conducted compared

15  to the number of live births;


17            (ii)  The number of serious defects detected;


19            (iii)  The number of cases of serious defects

20  where an effective remedial program was started within six

21  (6) months of birth.


23  (b)  If either the number of screenings is

24  significantly less than the number of live births without

25  good medical cause or there are cases where an effective

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 1  remedial program was not started within six (6) months of

 2  birth without good medical cause, the report shall include a

 3  recommendation for any corrective action needed, including

 4  any legislative action.


 6       Section 3.  This act is effective April 1, 1999.


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