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
January 29, 2002, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
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