STAND. COM. REP. NO. 16

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2015

 

RE: H.B. No. 467

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 467 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to help detect critical, life-threatening congenital heart defects by requiring birthing facilities to conduct on each newborn, a pulse oximetry test, or other medically accepted test that measures the percentage of blood oxygen saturation as approved by guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

The American Heart Association; March of Dimes Foundation, Hawaii Chapter; and Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children supported this measure. The Department of Health and an individual commented on this measure.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Requiring birthing facilities to report critical congenital heart defect screening data to the Department of Health for quality assurance and improvement activities;

 

(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion; and

 

(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity and style.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 467, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 467, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,

 

 

 

 

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DELLA AU BELATTI, Chair