HB-4584, As Passed House, June 20, 2017
HOUSE BILL NO. 4584
A bill to amend 1978 PA 368, entitled
"Public health code,"
(MCL 333.1101 to 333.25211) by adding section 5822.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 5822. (1) Upon receipt of a positive prenatal or
postnatal test result or diagnosis of spina bifida, a health
facility or agency licensed under article 17 or a physician, health
care provider, nurse midwife, or genetic counselor that renders
prenatal care, postnatal care, or genetic counseling, shall give
the expectant or new parent the information provided by the
department and described in subsection (2).
(2) The department shall make available to any person who
renders prenatal care, postnatal care, or genetic counseling to
parents who receive a prenatal or postnatal diagnosis of spina
House Bill No. 4584 as amended June 14, 2017
bifida and to any person who has received a positive test result
from a test for spina bifida, all of the following:
(a) Up-to-date, evidence-based, information about spina bifida
that has been reviewed by medical experts and spina bifida
organizations, including information on physical, developmental,
educational, and psychosocial outcomes, life expectancy, clinical
course, intellectual and functional development, and treatment
options. The department may make the information described in this
subdivision available by posting it on the department's website.
(b) Contact information regarding support programs and
services that may be available to expectant and new parents of
children with spina bifida, including information hotlines specific
to spina bifida, resource centers or clearinghouses, and national
and local spina bifida organizations.
[(c) It is highly recommended that a person who has received a positive test result from a test for spina bifida take another test to confirm that the person did not receive a false positive test result.]
(3) The department shall post links to credible sources of
educational materials on spina bifida, such as the National Spina
Bifida Association and the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, on the department's website.
(4) As used in this section, "spina bifida" means a congenital
malformation of the bone in the vertebral column that exposes the
spinal cord, which is caused by incomplete closing of the embryonic
Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days
after the date it is enacted into law.