SECTION 1. Section 4M½ of chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (b) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-
(b) Every person over the age of 18 who receives health care services from a primary care provider shall be offered a hepatitis C screening test or a Hepatitis C diagnostic test unless the provider believes that: (i) the person is being treated for a life threatening emergency; (ii) the person has previously been offered or has received a hepatitis screening test; or (iii) the person lacks capacity to consent to a hepatitis C screening test.
SECTION 2. Section 4M½ of chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby further amended by adding the following subsections:-
(c) The Department shall make and from time to time revise regulations establishing in furtherance of the hepatitis C screening or hepatitis C diagnostic test requirements under subsection (b).
(d) Such regulations required under subsection (c) shall include: (i) the frequency with which a primary care provider must offer a hepatitis C screening test or hepatitis C diagnostic test; and (ii) fines and/or penalties for non-compliance with such regulations.
(e) The Department shall promulgate the initial regulations required under subsection (c) and (d) not later than October 1, 2019.
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