§ 2601 Short title.
This act shall be known and may be cited as the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act.
§ 2602 Physicians and health care facilities to screen children.
(a) Every health care provider who is the primary health care provider for a child shall order screening of that child, in accordance with standards promulgated by the Division of Public Health, at or around 12 months of age for lead poisoning.
(b) In addition to the screening required by subsection (a) of this section, every health care provider who is the primary health care provider for a child shall determine based upon criteria promulgated by the Division of Public Health whether that child should be screened for lead poisoning at or around 24 months of age. The health care provider shall order screening for children for whom screening is suggested by said criteria. The health care provider shall maintain records of the determination regarding the necessity of screening at 24 months of age.
(c) Unless the child is at high risk for lead poisoning, as determined by the primary health care provider, pursuant to guidelines promulgated by the Division of Public Health, screening shall not be required for any child who is over 12 months of age on March 1, 1995.
(d) All laboratories involved in lead level analysis will participate in a universal reporting system as established by the Division of Public Health.
(e) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require any child to undergo a lead blood level screening or test whose parent or guardian objects on the grounds that the screening or test conflicts with the parent's or guardian's religious beliefs.
(f) All laboratories involved in blood lead level analysis will participate in a universal reporting system as established by the State Board of Health.
§ 2603 Screening prior to child care or school enrollment.
For every child born on or after March 1, 1995, and who has reached the age of 12 months, child care facilities and public and private nursery schools, preschools and kindergartens shall require screening for lead poisoning for admission or continued enrollment; except in the case of enrollment in kindergarten, such testing may be done within 60 calendar days of the date of enrollment. A statement shall be provided from the child's primary health care provider that the child has been screened for lead poisoning or in lieu thereof a certificate signed by the parent or guardian stating that the screening is contrary to that person's religious beliefs.
§ 2604 Reimbursement by third party payers.
Screening, screening-related services and diagnostic evaluations as required by § 2602 of this title shall be reimbursable under health insurance contracts and group and blanket health insurance as provided by Chapter 33 and Chapter 35, respectively, of Title 18.
§ 2605 Childhood Lead Poisoning Advisory Committee.
(a) There is hereby established the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Advisory Committee to ensure the implementation of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act established pursuant to this chapter and to make any necessary recommendations for the implementation of the program or improvements of the processes to be followed by the agencies responsible for the implementation of said plan.
(b) The Committee shall semiannually prepare and distribute a report regarding the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act, the intervention activities, studies of incidence, the State Blood Lead Screening Program, and monitoring and implementation of regulations promulgated pursuant to this chapter.
(c) The Committee shall be cochaired by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services or the Secretary's designee and the Secretary of Education or the Secretary's designee and shall have no more than 7 members. The Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Health and Social Services shall, after consultation with the Governor, appoint 7 members comprised of individuals which shall include a representative of the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families, which must represent the interests of daycare licensing, a representative of the medical community at large who is a practicing physician, an administrative representative of a school district, and a public member.
(d) The Committee will sunset upon full implementation of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act.