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H.B. 15






Chief Sponsor: Phil Riesen

Senate Sponsor: Allen M. Christensen

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      Committee Note:
             10          The Health and Human Services Interim Committee recommended this bill.
             11      General Description:
             12          This bill amends the Communicable Disease and Control Act of the Health Code.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    requires the Department of Health and local health departments to provide
             16      information to the public and health care professionals about:
             17              .    the health consequences of untreated sexually transmitted diseases;
             18              .    medical options for treatment of sexually transmitted diseases; and
             19              .    services and medical benefits that are available for treatment of sexually
             20      transmitted diseases.
             21      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          This bill appropriates:
             23          .    as an ongoing appropriation subject to future budget constraints, $350,000 from the
             24      General Fund for fiscal year 2007-08 to the Department of Health.
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          None
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:

             28      AMENDS:
             29          26-6-3, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1996, Chapter 211
             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 26-6-3 is amended to read:
             33           26-6-3. Authority to investigate and control epidemic infections and
             34      communicable disease.
             35           (1) The department has authority to investigate and control the causes of epidemic
             36      infections and communicable disease, and shall provide for the detection, reporting,
             37      prevention, and control of communicable diseases and epidemic infections or any other health
             38      hazard which may affect the public health.
             39          (2) (a) As part of the requirements of Subsection (1), the department shall distribute to
             40      the public and to health care professionals:
             41          (i) medically accurate information about sexually transmitted diseases that may cause
             42      infertility and sterility if left untreated, including descriptions of:
             43          (A) the probable side effects resulting from an untreated sexually transmitted disease,
             44      including infertility and sterility;
             45          (B) medically accepted treatment for sexually transmitted diseases; and
             46          (C) the medical risks commonly associated with the medical treatment of sexually
             47      transmitted diseases; and
             48          (ii) information about:
             49          (A) public and private services and agencies available to assist individuals with
             50      obtaining treatment for the sexually transmitted disease;
             51          (B) medical assistance benefits that may be available to the individual with the
             52      sexually transmitted disease; and
             53          (C) abstinence before marriage and fidelity after marriage being the surest prevention
             54      of sexually transmitted disease.
             55          (b) The information required by Subsection (2)(a):
             56          (i) shall be distributed by the department and by local health departments free of
             57      charge;
             58          (ii) shall be relevant to the geographic location in which the information is distributed

             59      by:
             60          (A) listing addresses and telephone numbers for clinics and agencies providing services
             61      in the geographic area in which the information is distributed; and
             62          (B) providing the information in English as well as other languages that may be
             63      appropriate for the geographic area.
             64          (c) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(c)(ii), the department shall develop written
             65      material that includes the information required by this Subsection (2).
             66          (ii) In addition to the written materials required by Subsection (2)(c)(i), the department
             67      may distribute the information required by this Subsection (2) by any other methods the
             68      department determines is appropriate to educate the public, including websites, toll free
             69      telephone numbers, and the media.
             70          (iii) If the information required by Subsection (2)(b)(ii)(A) is not included in the
             71      written pamphlet developed by the department, the written material must include either a
             72      website, or a 24-hour toll free telephone number that the public may use to obtain that
             73      information.
             74          Section 2. Appropriation.
             75          As an ongoing appropriation, subject to future budget constraints, there is appropriated
             76      from the General Fund for fiscal year 2007-08, $350,000 to the Department of Health to fund
             77      the education, prevention, and treatment efforts required by Subsection 26-6-3 (2).

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    as of 9-19-07 1:36 PM

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