|SB 1346||Creates the "Emergency Care for Sexual Assault Victims Act of 2004"|
|LR Number:||4840S.01I||Fiscal Note:||4840-01|
|Committee:||Aging, Families, Mental & Public Health|
|Last Action:||03/08/04 - Second Read and Referred S Aging, Families, Mental &||Journal page:||S557|
|Public Health Committee|
|Effective Date:||August 28, 2004|
SB 1346 - This act shall be known as the "Emergency Care for Sexual Assault Victims Act of 2004". It shall be the standard of care for hospitals and health care facilities to do the following:
-provide each sexual assault victim with medically and factually accurate information about emergency contraception;
-orally inform each sexual assault victim that emergency contraception may be provided at the hospital; and
-provide the complete regimen of emergency contraception immediately to the sexual assault victim who requests it.
Hospitals and health care facilities must ensure that they provide their employees with medically and factually accurate information about emergency contraception. The Department of Health and Senior Services shall develop, prepare, and produce informational materials relating to emergency contraception to hospitals and health care facilities. The informational materials must be medically and factually accurate, clearly written, and explain the nature of emergency contraception.
The Department must respond to complaints and periodically
determine whether hospitals and health care facilities are in
compliance with this act. If a hospital or a health care
facility is not in compliance, then the Department shall impose a
fine of $5,000 per woman who is denied information or emergency
contraception and a fine of $5,000 for failure to comply with the
provisions of this act. For every thirty days that a hospital or
health care facility is not in compliance, an additional fine of
$5,000 shall be imposed.