STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1049

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    H.B. No. 467

       H.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committees on Health and Commerce and Consumer Protection, to which was referred H.B. No. 467, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to:

 

     (1)  Require birthing facilities to perform a pulse oximetry test or other medically accepted screening on newborns to screen for critical congenital heart defects; and

 

     (2)  Require birthing facilities to report certain critical congenital heart defect screening data to the Department of Health.

 

     Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Health; American Heart Association; March of Dimes, Hawaii Chapter; and five individuals.

 

     Your Committees find that pulse oximetry is a non-invasive test that estimates the percentage of hemoglobin in blood that is saturated with oxygen.  When performed on newborns in birthing facilities, pulse oximetry is effective at detecting critical, life-threatening congenital heart defects, which otherwise may go undetected by current screening methods.  Many newborn lives could be saved by earlier detection and treatment of congenital heart defects if birthing facilities in the State were required to perform this screening in conjunction with current congenital heart disease screening methods.

 

     As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Health and Commerce and Consumer Protection that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 467, H.D. 1, and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Health and Commerce and Consumer Protection,

 

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ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair

 

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JOSH GREEN, Chair