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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 632         FILED ON: 1/14/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2057


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Denise Provost


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to accessible medical equipment.






Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 632        FILED ON: 1/14/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2057

By Ms. Provost of Somerville, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2057) of Denise Provost and others that medical equipment be accessible to disabled persons.  Public Health. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 612 OF 2011-2012.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to accessible medical equipment.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1.  Chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is

              hereby amended by inserting after section 5S the following section:- 

              Section 5T  (a) The department shall promulgate rules and regulations establishing standards for the minimum technical criteria for medical diagnostic equipment used in (or in conjunction with) physician's offices, clinics, emergency rooms, hospitals, and other medical settings. The standards shall ensure that such equipment is accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities, and shall allow independent entry to, use of, and exit from the equipment by such individuals to the maximum extent possible.

              (b) Medical Diagnostic Equipment Covered- The standards issued under subsection (a) for medical diagnostic equipment shall apply to equipment that includes examination tables, examination chairs (including chairs used for eye examinations or procedures, and dental examinations or procedures), weight scales, mammography equipment, x-ray machines and other diagnostic radiological equipment, and any other equipment commonly used for diagnostic purposes by health professionals.

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