Bill Text: TX HB252 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to increasing awareness of the dangers of exposing children to secondhand smoke.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-05-09 - Placed on General State Calendar [HB252 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB252-Introduced.html
  86R1952 JG-D
 
  By: Farrar H.B. No. 252
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to increasing awareness of the dangers of exposing
  children to secondhand smoke.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 161.501(a), Health and Safety Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  A hospital, birthing center, physician, nurse midwife,
  or midwife who provides prenatal care to a pregnant woman during
  gestation or at delivery of an infant shall:
               (1)  provide the woman and the father of the infant, if
  possible, or another adult caregiver for the infant, with a
  resource pamphlet that includes:
                     (A)  a list of the names, addresses, and phone
  numbers of professional organizations that provide postpartum
  counseling and assistance to parents relating to postpartum
  depression and other emotional trauma associated with pregnancy and
  parenting;
                     (B)  information regarding the prevention of
  shaken baby syndrome including:
                           (i)  techniques for coping with anger caused
  by a crying baby;
                           (ii)  different methods for preventing a
  person from shaking a newborn, infant, or other young child;
                           (iii)  the dangerous effects of shaking a
  newborn, infant, or other young child; and
                           (iv)  the symptoms of shaken baby syndrome
  and who to contact, as recommended by the American Academy of
  Pediatrics, if a parent suspects or knows that a baby has been
  shaken in order to receive prompt medical treatment;
                     (C)  a list of diseases for which a child is
  required by state law to be immunized and the appropriate schedule
  for the administration of those immunizations;
                     (D)  the appropriate schedule for follow-up
  procedures for newborn screening;
                     (E)  information regarding sudden infant death
  syndrome, including current recommendations for infant sleeping
  conditions to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome;
                     (F)  educational information in both English and
  Spanish on:
                           (i)  pertussis disease and the availability
  of a vaccine to protect against pertussis, including information on
  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation that
  parents receive Tdap during the postpartum period to protect
  newborns from the transmission of pertussis; and
                           (ii)  the incidence of cytomegalovirus,
  birth defects caused by congenital cytomegalovirus, and available
  resources for the family of an infant born with congenital
  cytomegalovirus; [and]
                     (G)  the danger of heatstroke for a child left
  unattended in a motor vehicle; and
                     (H)  information in both English and Spanish from
  reputable sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and
  Prevention and the surgeon general of the United States Public
  Health Service, regarding the dangers of exposing a newborn,
  infant, or other child to secondhand smoke and available resources
  to assist a person who wants to stop smoking;
               (2)  if the woman is a recipient of medical assistance
  under Chapter 32, Human Resources Code, provide the woman and the
  father of the infant, if possible, or another adult caregiver with a
  resource guide that includes information in both English and
  Spanish relating to the development, health, and safety of a child
  from birth until age five, including information relating to:
                     (A)  selecting and interacting with a primary
  health care practitioner and establishing a "medical home" for the
  child;
                     (B)  dental care;
                     (C)  effective parenting;
                     (D)  child safety;
                     (E)  the importance of reading to a child;
                     (F)  expected developmental milestones;
                     (G)  health care resources available in the state;
                     (H)  selecting appropriate child care; and
                     (I)  other resources available in the state;
               (3)  document in the woman's record that the woman
  received the resource pamphlet described in Subdivision (1) and the
  resource guide described in Subdivision (2), if applicable; and
               (4)  retain the documentation for at least five years
  in the hospital's, birthing center's, physician's, nurse midwife's,
  or midwife's records.
         SECTION 2.  (a)  Not later than December 1, 2019, the
  Department of State Health Services shall make the informational
  materials required by Section 161.501(a)(1), Health and Safety
  Code, as amended by this Act, available on its Internet website.
         (b)  Notwithstanding Section 161.501(a)(1)(H), Health and
  Safety Code, as added by this Act, a facility is not required to
  comply with that provision until January 1, 2020.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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