An Act To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Distribute Information Regarding Down Syndrome to Providers of Prenatal and Postnatal Care and to Genetic Counselors
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §1642 is enacted to read:
§ 1642. Down syndrome
The department shall establish, maintain and operate an information service for Down syndrome. For the purposes of this section, "Down syndrome" means a chromosomal condition caused by an error in cell division that results in the presence of an extra whole or partial copy of chromosome 21.
This bill requires that hospitals, physicians and other health professionals provide information about Down syndrome to expectant or new parents who have received a prenatal or postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. The Department of Health and Human Services is directed to distribute appropriate information to health care providers for distribution.