Kansas House Committee Approves Bill That Would Require HIV Testing Among Pregnant Women
March 23, 2009
The Kansas House Committee on Health and Human Services last week approved a bill (S.B. 147) that would require doctors to test pregnant women and some infants for HIV, the Kansas Health Institute News reports. Committee chair Rep. Brenda Landwehr (R) said that there were "some questions" about the bill "raised early on, but they've been answered." Landwehr previously asked for clarification about whether the bill could lead to HIV-positive infants being denied health insurance because of a "pre-existing condition." Supporters of the bill, including the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, told committee members that the benefits of preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission outweighed concerns about health insurance. The bill passed in the Senate earlier this month and now goes to the full House for consideration (Ranney, Kansas Health Institute News, 3/19).
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