05RS HB177


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HB 177/FN/CI (BR 413) - T. Burch, R. Adams, R. Adkins, A. Arnold, J. Arnold Jr, S. Baugh, C. Belcher, J. Bowen, K. Bratcher, S. Brinkman, J. Bruce, De. Butler, Dw. Butler, J. Carr, M. Cherry, L. Clark, P. Clark, H. Collins, J. Comer Jr, H. Cornett, J. Crenshaw, R. Crimm, R. Damron, J. DeCesare, W. Dedman Jr, M. Denham, B. DeWeese, J. Draud, T. Edmonds, C. Embry Jr, B. Farmer, T. Feeley, J. Fischer, D. Floyd, D. Ford, J. Gooch Jr, J. Gray, M. Harmon, M. Harper, M. Henley, J. Higdon, C. Hoffman, J. Hoover, D. Horlander, J. Jenkins, D. Keene, T. Kerr, S. Lee, Ji. Lee, G. Lindsay, G. Lynn, P. Marcotte, M. Marzian, T. McKee, C. Meade, R. Meeks, C. Miller, H. Moberly Jr, R. Mobley, B. Montell, L. Napier, R. Nelson, F. Nesler, S. Nunn, D. Owens, R. Palumbo, D. Pasley, T. Pullin, M. Rader, R. Rand, F. Rasche, J. Reinhardt, J. Richards, S. Riggs, T. Riner, S. Rudy, T. Shelton, C. Siler, A. Simpson, B. Smith, J. Stacy, J. Stewart III, T. Thompson, T. Turner, K. Upchurch, J. Vincent, J. Wayne, M. Weaver, R. Webb, S. Westrom, R. Wilkey, A. Wuchner

     AN ACT relating to hepatitis C.
     Create new sections of KRS Chapter 214 to require the Department for Public Health to develop a statewide plan to educate citizens at high risk, law enforcement, Department of Corrections, inmates, and veterans about hepatitis C, after consulting the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine, and Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine; require the department to make protocols and guidelines about hepatitis C available to physicians and other health professionals and community service providers; specify contents for guidelines; permit the department to establish a voluntary hepatitis C testing program in high-risk areas; require the department to develop and offer a hepatitis C training course for people who provide hepatitis C counseling; provide for civil damages of $1,000 or more against persons who do not keep the test results confidential; require the department to make available to veterans information about hepatitis C; and require the department to assist health care licensure or certification boards with developing or approving continuing education courses related to hepatitis C; and amend KRS 197.055 to require the Department of Corrections to establish a mandatory introductory and continuing education on hepatitis C, and recommend testing for each inmate prior to discharge, with follow-up counseling and referral services to those persons who test positive.


     HCS/FN/CI - Delete original provisions; create a new section of KRS Chapter 214 to require the Department for Public Health to review existing programs relating to hepatitis C for the purpose of making recommendations to improve efforts to educate citizens about the disease, and encourage consultation with the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine, the American Liver Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; require the department to make available on its Internet Web site certain guidelines and protocols from the National Institutes of Health on hepatitis C for educating physicians and other health care providers; permit the department to form an informal work group to discuss the development of a program to heighten awareness about hepatitis C; permit the department to establish a voluntary hepatitis C testing program if funding is made available for this purpose; require the department to make certain information available to veterans about hepatitis C; delete provisions relating to the Department of Corrections and efforts to inform inmates about hepatitis C.

     Feb 1-introduced in House
     Feb 2-to Health and Welfare (H)
     Feb 4-posted in committee
     Feb 10-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 11-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 15-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, February 16, 2005

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