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A07997 Summary:

SPONSORRosenthal L
Amd §2500-a, Pub Health L
Requires cytomegalovirus screening for every newborn by administration of a urine polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
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A07997 Actions:

09/01/2023referred to health
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A07997 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Rosenthal L
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend public health law, in relation to requiring cytomegalo- virus screening for every newborn   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To require universal screenings of newborns for cytomegalovirus.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends paragraph (h) of subdivision 1 of section 2500-a of the public health law. Section two establishes the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Chapter 307 of the laws of 2018 requires that all newborns who fail their initial hearing screening be tested for cytomegalovirus (CMV), a common congenital viral infection and the leading non-genetic cause of deafness in children. While most CMV infections do not cause harm to adults and those infected may not show any signs or symptoms, the effects have the potential to be devastating to a newborn. There are 20,000 to 40,000 infants born with CMV and nationwide roughly 400 chil- dren die from CMV annually. Despite many infants appearing asymptomatic at birth, at least 20 percent of those with CMV will have permanent disabilities, such as hearing loss, microcephaly, intellectual deficits, and vision abnormalities. Failure of an initial hearing screening after birth is often an indica- tor of a CMV infection, however, it does not identify all newborns carrying the infection. By testing all newborns for CMV, regardless of the outcome of a hearing screening, we can quickly link them to treat- ments designed to improve hearing and developmental outcomes.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2021-22: A.10129 - Referred to Health   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A07997 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    September 1, 2023
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. L. ROSENTHAL -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Health
        AN ACT to amend public health law, in relation to requiring  cytomegalo-
          virus screening for every newborn
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Paragraph (h) of subdivision 1 of  section  2500-a  of  the
     2  public  health  law,  as  amended by chapter 730 of the laws of 2021, is
     3  amended to read as follows:
     4    (h) [With regard to any  newborn  infant  who  is  identified  as,  or
     5  suspected  of,  having  a  hearing impairment as a result of a screening
     6  conducted pursuant to section  twenty-five  hundred-g  of  this  title,]
     7  Cytomegalovirus  using a urine polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test [for
     8  cytomegalovirus, unless the  parent  of  the  infant  objects  thereto];
     9  provided that if the commissioner determines that another test for cyto-
    10  megalovirus  is  diagnostically  equivalent  to or better than the urine
    11  polymerase chain reaction test,  the  commissioner  may,  by  regulation
    12  under this section, allow or require the use of that other test.
    13    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    14  it  shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
    15  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    16  tation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be  made  and
    17  completed on or before such effective date.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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