January 30, 2002



DIGEST OF SB 139 (Updated January 28, 2002 8:15 PM - DI 104)

Citations Affected: IC 16-38.

Synopsis: Birth defects registry. Requires the state department of health to: (1) inform parents of children with birth problems about physicians and local community resources; and (2) report to the legislative council any birth problem trends identified through data collected. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the health finance commission.)

Effective: July 1, 2002.


    January 7, 2002, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider Services.
    January 29, 2002, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.

January 30, 2002

Second Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2002)

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    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning health.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. IC 16-38-4-8, AS AMENDED BY P.L.93-2001, SECTION 5, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2002]: Sec. 8. (a) The state department shall establish a birth problems registry for the purpose of recording all cases of birth problems that occur in Indiana residents and compiling necessary and appropriate information concerning those cases, as determined by the state department, in order to:
        (1) conduct epidemiologic and environmental studies and to apply appropriate preventive and control measures;
        (2) inform the parents of children with birth problems:
             (A) at the time of discharge from the hospital; or
            (B) if a birth problem is diagnosed during a physician or hospital visit that occurs before the child is two (2) years of age, at the time of diagnosis;

        about physicians, care facilities and appropriate community resources, including local step ahead agencies and the infants and toddlers with disabilities program (IC 12-17-15); or

        (3) inform citizens regarding programs designed to prevent or reduce birth problems.
    (b) The state department shall record in the birth problems registry:
        (1) all data concerning birth problems of children that are provided from the certificate of live birth; and
        (2) any additional information that may be provided by an individual or entity described in section 7(a)(2) of this chapter concerning a birth problem that is:
            (A) designated in a rule adopted by the state department; and
            (B) recognized:
                (i) after the child is discharged from the hospital as a newborn; and
                (ii) before the child is two (2) years of age.
    (c) The state department shall:
         (1) provide a physician and a local health department with necessary forms for reporting under this chapter; and
        (2) report to the legislative council any birth problem trends that are identified through the data collected under this chapter.