Legislation to empower Hoosier parents signed into law

Posted by: Courtney Bearsch  | Monday, August 10, 2015

STATEHOUSE – Legislation co-authored by State Representative Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) to help parents gain access to important information when dealing with a prenatal diagnosis has been ceremonially signed into law by the governor.

House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1093 requires the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to collect certain information regarding the prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome and any other prenatally diagnosed condition. This information will then be disseminated by health facilities and health care providers to parents who receive a prenatal diagnosis for one of these conditions.

“Having known someone who has been through this difficult situation, I was compelled to use my role as state representative to ensure every Hoosier parent receives the information they need regarding their child’s diagnosis,” said Rep. Mayfield. “By centralizing resources about these prenatally diagnosed conditions, parents will have access to consistent information no matter which healthcare provider they choose.”

The information distributed by ISDH must include a brief description as well as contact information for state and local advocacy organizations that advocate for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. After approving and compiling this information, the ISDH must also make it available online for immediate access upon diagnosis.

For more information on HEA 1093, please visit iga.in.gov.