Bill Text: TX HB970 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Engrossed


Bill Title: Relating to the establishment of a state plan for Streptococcus pneumoniae education and prevention.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-1)

Status: (Engrossed) 2017-04-18 - Received from the House [HB970 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB970-Engrossed.html
 
 
  By: Cortez, Guerra, et al. H.B. No. 970
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the establishment of a state plan for Streptococcus
  pneumoniae education and prevention.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subtitle D, Title 2, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended by adding Chapter 94A to read as follows:
  CHAPTER 94A. STATE PLAN FOR STREPTOCOCCUS PNEUMONIAE; EDUCATION
  AND PREVENTION PROGRAM
         Sec. 94A.001.  STATE PLAN FOR STREPTOCOCCUS PNEUMONIAE. (a)
  The department, using existing resources and programs to the extent
  possible, shall develop a state plan for prevention and treatment
  of diseases caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae.  The plan must
  include strategies for prevention and treatment of diseases caused
  by Streptococcus pneumoniae in specific demographic groups that are
  disproportionately affected by the diseases, including persons who
  are elderly, children under two years of age, persons living in
  long-term care facilities, persons with a chronic heart or lung
  disease, smokers, and persons with asplenia.
         (b)  In developing the plan, the department shall seek the
  advice of:
               (1)  the public, including members of the public who
  have been infected with Streptococcus pneumoniae;
               (2)  each state agency that provides services to
  persons infected with Streptococcus pneumoniae or that is assigned
  duties related to diseases caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae,
  including any appropriate health and human services agency
  described by Section 531.001, Government Code, the Employees
  Retirement System of Texas, and the Teacher Retirement System of
  Texas;
               (3)  any advisory body that addresses issues related to
  diseases caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae;
               (4)  public advocates concerned with issues related to
  diseases caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae;
               (5)  providers of services to persons with diseases
  caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae;
               (6)  a statewide professional association of
  physicians; and
               (7)  a statewide professional association of nurses.
 
         (c)  The department shall review and modify as necessary the
  state plan developed under this section at least once every five
  years and may update the state plan biennially.
         Sec. 94A.002.  STREPTOCOCCUS PNEUMONIAE EDUCATION AND
  PREVENTION PROGRAM. (a) The department shall develop a program to
  heighten awareness and enhance knowledge and understanding of
  Streptococcus pneumoniae.
         (b)  The program developed under Subsection (a) must require
  the department to:
               (1)  conduct health education, public awareness, and
  community outreach activities to promote public awareness and
  knowledge about the risk factors for, the value of early detection
  of, available screening services for, and the options available for
  the treatment of diseases caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae; and
               (2)  post on the department's Internet website the
  options available for the prevention, treatment, and detection of
  diseases caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae and information on the
  risk factors for, method of transmission of, and value of early
  detection of the diseases.
         (c)  The department, using existing resources, may include
  in the program developed under Subsection (a) a study to estimate
  the current and future impact on this state of diseases caused by
  Streptococcus pneumoniae.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
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