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HF 2653

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/29/2018 04:15pm

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A bill for an act
relating to health; requiring the commissioner to make information on human
herpesvirus cytomegalovirus available to certain individuals;proposing coding
for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 144.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

[144.064] THE VIVIAN ACT.

Subdivision 1.

Short title.

This section shall be known and may be cited as the "Vivian
Act."

Subd. 2.

Definitions.

For purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings
given them:

(1) "commissioner" means the commissioner of health;

(2) "health care practitioner" means a medical professional that provides prenatal or
postnatal care;

(3) "CMV" means the human herpesvirus cytomegalovirus, also called HCMV, human
herpesvirus 5, and HHV-5; and

(4) "congenital CMV" means the transmission of a CMV infection from a pregnant
mother to her fetus.

Subd. 3.

Commissioner duties.

(a) The commissioner shall make available to health
care practitioners and women who may become pregnant, expectant parents, and parents
of infants up-to-date and evidence-based information about congenital CMV that has been
reviewed by experts with knowledge of the disease. The information shall include the
following:

(1) the recommendation to consider testing for congenital CMV in babies who did not
pass their newborn hearing screen or in which a pregnancy history suggests increased risk
for congenital CMV infection;

(2) the incidence of CMV;

(3) the transmission of CMV to pregnant women and women who may become pregnant;

(4) birth defects caused by congenital CMV;

(5) available preventative measures to avoid the infection of women who are pregnant
or may become pregnant; and

(6) resources available for families of children born with congenital CMV.

(b) The commissioner shall follow existing department practice, inclusive of community
engagement, to ensure that the information in paragraph (a) is culturally and linguistically
appropriate for all recipients.

(c) The department shall establish an outreach program to:

(1) educate women who may become pregnant, expectant parents, and parents of infants
about CMV; and

(2) raise awareness for CMV among health care providers who provide care to expectant
mothers or infants.

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