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AB-1801 Newborns: cytomegalovirus public education and testing.(2017-2018)

As Amends the Law Today


 Article 6.7 (commencing with Section 124123) is added to Chapter 3 of Part 2 of Division 106 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:

Article  6.7. Establishing a Commission on Cytomegalovirus Public Education and Testing
 As used in this article, the following definitions apply:
(a) “CMV” means cytomegalovirus.
(b) “Newborn” shall have the same meaning as provided in Section 124116.
(c) “Department” means the State Department of Health Care Services.
 (a) The department shall establish a Commission on CMV Public Education and Testing. The commission shall be required to implement this article only to the extent funds are appropriated by the Legislature for these purposes.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature that the reports submitted pursuant to this article be used as a resource for possible legislation to examine and identify potential public educational resources to inform pregnant women and women who may become pregnant about CMV and to identify children born with CMV in order to improve their health and developmental outcomes.
 (a) The commission shall submit a report no later than December 31, 2019, and an additional report no later than December 31, 2022, that includes its findings. The commission may submit additional reports, as it deems it appropriate. The reports may also include recommendations for possible legislation. The commission shall distribute its reports to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature. The department shall make the reports publicly available on its Internet Web site.
(b) If the commission deems it appropriate to make recommendations, including, but not limited to, legislative recommendations, those recommendations shall be evidence-based and data driven.
(c) A report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
 (a) The commission shall consist of 13 members, appointed by the director of the department, as follows:
(1) One member who is an infectious disease specialist who has experience with CMV.
(2) One member who is an obstetrician.
(3) One member who is a family physician and is involved with management of pregnancy and delivery of newborns.
(4) One member who is a labor and delivery nurse or nurse manager.
(5) One member who is a parent of a child that has been affected with a birth defect resulting from infection with CMV.
(6) One member who is a general pediatrician who practices primary care.
(7) One member from the California Department of Public Health Newborn Screening Program.
(8) One member from the State Department of Health Care Services Newborn Hearing Screening Program.
(9) One member who is an audiologist.
(10) One member who is a pediatric otolaryngologist.
(11) One member who is a pediatric speech therapist.
(12) One member who is a representative of health plans or insurers.
(13) One member who is a representative of hospitals.
(b) The department shall designate a member to serve as the chair of the commission.
(c) All appointments shall be made no later than January 31, 2019. Within 15 days after appointment of all members, the chair shall convene the initial meeting of the commission.
(d) The commission shall meet at least once every six months.
 (a) The commission shall examine research and data relating to, but not limited to, early identification, testing of congenital CMV, and appropriate treatment of birth defects caused by congenital CMV.
(b) The commission shall also examine and identify possible public educational resources to inform pregnant women and women who may become pregnant that include, but are not limited to:
(1) Information regarding the incidence of CMV.
(2) The transmission of CMV during and before pregnancy.
(3) Birth defects caused by congenital CMV.
(4) Methods of diagnosing congenital CMV.
(5) Available preventive measures.
(6) Resources for the family of a child born with congenital CMV.
(c) The department shall provide or recommend necessary staffing services to the commission, including, but not limited to, staffing offered through the California Medical Association or the California Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, to the extent permitted by law.
 This article shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2023, and as of that date is repealed.