Report From the States
Texas --- PROVE Scores Major Victory
Supporters of Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education (PROVE) scored a major victory in Texas in May 1999. Thanks to key efforts by Representatives Warren Chisum, Suzanna Gratia Hupp, John Shields, Kyle Janek, and Elvira Reyna (who have been described as champions for parental rights and medical record privacy), H.B. 714, for mandatory tracking of every newborn, was amended to require parental consent for a child with a detected hearing loss to be included in the tracking database. Before these amendments, the bill would have required the tracking of every newborn, whether hearing loss was detected or not and whether or not the test was taken.
Not only is consent for tracking and release of information required, health care workers who release information on families who decline screening children are now removed from liability protections.
Dawn Richardson, PROVE, P.O. Box 1071, Cedar Park, TX 78630-1071, (512) 918-8760, email@example.com, http://home.swbell.net/prove.
Originally published in the Medical Sentinel 1999;4(5);186. Copyright©1999 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)