Bill Title: Concerning greater consistency in the provision of health care services for minors under the age of 17
Committee: Healthcare and Wellness
Companion Bill: none
AN ACT Relating to greater consistency in the provision of health care services for minors under the age of 17
What the Bill says:
It revises current law to remove terminology of adolescent to minor. It alters the age 13 and up status to age 17 with regards to right to consent for treatment without parental knowledge. It removes parental and guardian financial responsibility for services performed without their consent for the termination of pregnancy as well as blocking the funding from the state for such services for minors who do not have such consent. The exception is made for emergency situations.
What the bill means:
It returns the parental rights for almost all procedures to the parent or guardian rather than asking a 13 year old to decide what their best course of action is for treatment.