Health matters.

Authors: Senator Patricia Miller, Senator Vaneta Becker

Co-authors: Senator Mark Stoops, Senator Lonnie Randolph

Sponsors: Representative Edward Clere

Co-Sponsors: Representative Charlie Brown, Representative Timothy Brown, Representative Sue Errington

Advisors: Senator Liz Brown, Senator Jean Breaux, Senator Erin Houchin


Amends the definition of "basic life support" to include blood glucose monitoring. Authorizes the state department of health (state department) to enter into partnerships to encourage best practices in: (1) identification and testing of populations at risk of disease related to illegal drug use; and (2) the health care treatment of incarcerated individuals for conditions related to illegal drug use. Authorizes the state health commissioner to declare a public health emergency. Specifies that hospital discharge information filed with the state department is confidential except under specified circumstances. Sets forth conditions in which a local health department, a municipality, a county, or a nonprofit organization may operate a syringe exchange program and expires the authorization of a program July 1, 2019. Further specifies the circumstances for the review of the death of a child by a local child fatality review team. Allows a local child fatality review team to review the near fatality or serious injury of a child. Adds hepatitis A to the list of schoolchildren immunizations. Requires the state department, before November 30 of each year, to publish a two year immunization calendar. Provides information to parents of grade 6 students concerning the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. (Current language provides this information only to parents of female grade 6 students.) Requires the state department to provide the department of education with immunization materials, and requires the materials to be distributed to students' parents and guardians. Requires a health care provider who administers an immunization to enter the information into the state immunization data registry. Requires a school corporation to ensure that immunization information is complete in the state immunization data registry not later than the first Friday in February. Specifies that onsite sewage systems of private homes built by the individual are required to comply with state laws and rules. Provides exceptions to certain criminal laws concerning the funding, possession, and distribution of needles and syringes. Urges the legislative council to, during the 2015 interim, assign to a joint committee the topic of needle and syringe exchange programs and a review of the appropriate criminal penalties for certain drug offenses.