SSB 5728 adds language to current statute to dictate that screening for HIV infections must be voluntary and may be undertaken only after the patient or the patient's authorized representative has been told that HIV testing is planned and that HIV testing will be performed unless the patient declines. The bill further indicates a health care provider may not use the fact that a person declined an HIV test as a basis for denying services of treatment, other than the HIV test, to the person.
The following Health Care & Wellness committee amendments were adopted with no amendments by the House through a striker:
- Makes the age of patients for which clinicians must offer HIV screening consistent with recommendations by the United States preventive services task force. Makes changes to provisions that require (1) clinicians to screen for HIV infection and (2) a healthcare provider not to use the fact that a patient declines an HIV screening as a basis for denying services or treatment if a healthcare provider notifies a patient that an HIV test will be performed unless the patient declines.
- Makes technical changes for consistency.