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H.B. 340

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SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM PROTOCOLS

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2010 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Jackie Biskupski

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Senate Sponsor: John L. Valentine

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends Sexual Assault Victim Protocols within the Utah Health Code.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    defines terms;
             13          .    exempts a freestanding urgent care center from providing emergency contraception
             14      if there is a hospital within 30 miles; and
             15          .    requires an exempt freestanding urgent care center to provide certain information to
             16      a victim.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          26-21b-102, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 266
             24          26-21b-201, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 266
             25     
             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 26-21b-102 is amended to read:


             28           26-21b-102. Definitions.
             29          As used in this chapter:
             30          (1) "Critical access hospital" means a critical access hospital that meets the criteria of
             31      42 U.S.C. 1395i-4(c)(2)(1998).
             32          [(1)] (2) "Designated facility" means:
             33          (a) a freestanding urgent care center[, as defined in Section 59-12-801 ];
             34          (b) a general acute hospital[, as defined in Section 26-21-2 ]; or
             35          (c) a critical access hospital [that meets the criteria of 42 U.S.C. 1395i-4(c)(2) (1998)].
             36          [(2)] (3) "Emergency contraception" means the use of a substance, approved by the
             37      United States Food and Drug Administration, to prevent pregnancy after sexual intercourse.
             38          (4) "Freestanding urgent care center" is as defined in Section 59-12-801 .
             39          (5) "General acute hospital" is as defined in Section 26-21-2 .
             40          [(3)] (6) "Physician" means a person:
             41          (a) licensed as a physician under Title 58, Chapter 67, Utah Medical Practice Act; or
             42          (b) licensed as a physician under Title 58, Chapter 68, Utah Osteopathic Medical
             43      Practice Act.
             44          [(4)] (7) "Practitioner" means:
             45          (a) a physician; or
             46          (b) any other person who is permitted by law to prescribe emergency contraception.
             47          [(5)] (8) "Sexual assault" means any criminal conduct described in Title 76, Chapter 5,
             48      Part 4, Sexual Offenses, that may result in a pregnancy.
             49          [(6)] (9) "Victim of sexual assault" means any person who presents to receive, or
             50      receives, medical care in consequence of being subjected to sexual assault.
             51          Section 2. Section 26-21b-201 is amended to read:
             52           26-21b-201. Emergency contraception services for a victim of sexual assault.
             53          (1) [A] Except as provided in Subsection (2), a designated facility shall provide the
             54      following services to a victim of sexual assault:
             55          (a) provide the victim with written and oral medical information regarding emergency
             56      contraception that is unbiased, accurate, and generally accepted by the medical community as
             57      being scientifically valid;
             58          (b) orally inform the victim of sexual assault that the victim may obtain emergency


             59      contraception at the designated facility;
             60          (c) offer a complete regimen of emergency contraception to a victim of sexual assault;
             61          (d) provide, at the designated facility, emergency contraception to the victim of sexual
             62      assault upon her request;
             63          (e) maintain a protocol, prepared by a physician, for the administration of emergency
             64      contraception at the designated facility to a victim of sexual assault; and
             65          (f) develop and implement a written policy to ensure that a person is present at the
             66      designated facility, or on-call, who:
             67          (i) has authority to dispense or prescribe emergency contraception, independently, or
             68      under the protocol described in Subsection (1)(e), to a victim of sexual assault; and
             69          (ii) is trained to comply with the requirements of this section.
             70          (2) A freestanding urgent care center is exempt from the requirements of Subsection
             71      (1) if:
             72          (a) there is a general acute hospital or a critical access hospital within 30 miles of the
             73      freestanding urgent care center; and
             74          (b) an employee of the freestanding urgent care center provides the victim with:
             75          (i) written and oral medical information regarding emergency contraception that is
             76      unbiased, accurate, and generally accepted by the medical community as being scientifically
             77      valid; and
             78          (ii) the name and address of the general acute hospital or critical access hospital
             79      described in Subsection (2)(a).
             80          [(2)] (3) A practitioner shall comply with Subsection [(3)] (4) with regard to a person
             81      who is a victim of sexual assault, if the person presents to receive medical care, or receives
             82      medical care, from the practitioner at a location that is not a designated facility.
             83          [(3)] (4) A practitioner described in Subsection [(2)] (3) shall:
             84          (a) provide the victim with written and oral medical information regarding emergency
             85      contraception that is unbiased, accurate, and generally accepted by the medical community as
             86      being scientifically valid; and
             87          (b) (i) (A) orally inform the victim of sexual assault that the victim may obtain
             88      emergency contraception at the facility where the practitioner is located; and
             89          (B) provide emergency contraception to the victim of sexual assault, if she requests


             90      emergency contraception; or
             91          (ii) inform the victim of sexual assault of the nearest location where she may obtain
             92      emergency contraception.




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