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  701.340.  Childhood lead testing program established — test to be used — parental objection. — 1.  Beginning January 1, 2002, the department of health and senior services shall, subject to appropriations, implement a childhood lead testing program which requires every child less than six years of age to be tested for lead poisoning in accordance with the provisions of sections 701.340 to 701.349.  In coordination with the department of health and senior services, every health care facility serving children less than six years of age, including but not limited to hospitals and clinics licensed pursuant to chapter 197, shall take appropriate steps to ensure that their patients receive such lead poisoning testing.

  2.  The test for lead poisoning shall consist of a blood sample that shall be sent for analysis to a laboratory licensed pursuant to the federal Clinical Lab Improvement Act (CLIA).  The department of health and senior services shall, by rule, determine the blood test protocol to be used.

  3.  Nothing in sections 701.340 to 701.349 shall be construed to require a child to undergo lead testing whose parent or guardian objects to the testing in a written statement that states the parent's or guardian's reason for refusing such testing.

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(L. 2001 S.B. 266)


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