HB 487-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 487-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Porter, Hills. 1; Rep. Le, Rock. 31; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20
COMMITTEE: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs
This bill establishes a registry relative to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind in the department of health and human services. The bill grants rulemaking authority to the commissioner of the department of health and human services for the purposes of the bill.
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7Mar2019... 0674h 19-0508
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 New Subdivision; Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf/Blind Registry. Amend RSA 125-Q by inserting after section 4 the following new subdivision:
Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf/Blind Registry
125-Q:5 Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf/Blind Registry.
I. There shall be established a state registry in the department of health and human services which shall include a record of all reported cases of persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf/blind in New Hampshire and other information relevant and appropriate to conduct thorough and complete analysis of this condition, and to facilitate planning for services to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind and their families. The department may enter into an agreement with an appropriate entity for the management of the registry; provided, that any records and data submitted to the department pursuant to this subdivision shall be the property of the department.
II. All physicians and other licensed or certified health care providers who are qualified by training to make the diagnosis and who then make the diagnosis that a person of any age is deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind shall report all new cases of this diagnosis to the department in a form and manner prescribed by the commissioner. The report shall be in writing and shall include the provider submitting the report’s name and address, the deaf or hard of hearing or deaf/blind person's date of birth, gender, zip code at birth residence, zip code of present residence, specific diagnosis, and other information the department deems necessary. The department shall assign a unique identification code to identify the person who is deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind. The code shall not include the name or address of the person.
III. All information required to be reported under this subdivision shall be confidential. A physician or health care provider providing information to the department in accordance with this section shall not be deemed to be, or held liable for, divulging confidential information.
IV. Nothing in this section shall be construed to compel a person who has been reported as deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind to submit to medical or health examination or supervision by the department.
125-Q:6 Rulemaking. The commissioner of health and human services shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, relative to:
I. Definitions of the terms “deaf,” “hard of hearing,” and “deaf-blind.”
II. Procedures for reporting cases of persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind under RSA 125-Q:5.
III. Content of all forms required under this subdivision.
IV. Confidentiality of records and information reported pursuant to this subdivision.
HB 487-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2019-0674h)
AN ACT establishing a registry for the deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf/blind in the department of health and human services.
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill establishes a registry in the Department of Health and Human Services to include all reported cases of persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf/blind in New Hampshire. The registry is to be populated with information from physicians and other health care providers, who are required to report all new cases in a form and manner prescribed by the Department. The Department states that while it is unable to estimate the number of new cases reported each year, it will likely need to hire a staff person to conduct outreach to providers, collect information, manage a database, create reports, and draft administrative rules relative to the registry. The Department anticipates the following salary and benefits costs for a program support specialist (labor grade 25): $81,000 in FY 2020, $85,000 in FY 2021, $89,000 in FY 2022, and $94,000 in FY 2023.
Department of Health and Human Services
|Feb. 13, 2019||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 26, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|March 7, 2019||House||Floor Vote|
|April 3, 2019||Senate||Hearing|
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 3 P. 16|
|Feb. 13, 2019||Public Hearing: 02/13/2019 01:00 pm LOB 205|
|Feb. 19, 2019||Division II Subcommittee Work Session: 02/19/2019 01:00 pm LOB 205|
|Feb. 26, 2019||Division II Subcommittee Work Session: 02/26/2019 10:00 am LOB 205|
|Feb. 26, 2019||Executive Session: 02/26/2019 01:00 pm LOB 205|
|March 7, 2019||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0674h for 03/07/2019 (Vote 21-0; CC) HC 14 P. 5|
|March 7, 2019||Amendment # 2019-0674h: AA VV 03/07/2019 HJ 8 P. 7|
|March 7, 2019||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0674h: MA VV 03/07/2019 HJ 8 P. 7|
|March 14, 2019||Introduced 03/14/2019 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration; SJ 9|
|April 3, 2019||Hearing: 04/03/2019, Room 101, LOB, 09:00 am; SC 15|
|April 25, 2019||Committee Report: Rereferred to Committee, 04/25/2019; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 19|
|April 25, 2019||Rereferred to Committee, MA, VV; 04/25/2019; SJ 14|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Committee Report: Referred to Interim Study, 01/08/2020; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 47|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV; 01/08/2020; SJ 1|