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6/23/2004 10:28:41 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Pennsylvania--Calls Needed to Stop Expansion of Health Service Requirements

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June 23, 2004


Pennsylvania--Calls Needed to Stop Expansion of Health Service
Requirements


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Your calls are needed to stop a bill which would add yet another
health service requirement for homeschool students. House Bill 2673
would require all children of school age to be screened for diabetes
at such intervals established by the Advisory Health Board. Based upon
medical advice obtained by HSLDA, we do not believe this test
requiring a blood sample from the child is necessary. This test would
be more invasive than any other test now required of school children.
Further, this screening would impose an additional medical expense on
homeschooling families.

Introduced by Representative Melissa Murphy Weber (R, District 148) on
June 8, 2004, and co-sponsored by 29 other members of the House of
Representatives, this bill is now in the House Education Committee. It
should be stopped before it gains any more momentum.


REQUESTED ACTION

Please call Representative Jess Stairs, Chairman of the House
Education Committee, and as many members of the Committee as possible
with this message:

"Please oppose HB 2673. Screening for diabetes is an unnecessary and
expensive test for school students. Parents in consultation with their
family physician should decide when such tests are necessary."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Representative Jess Stairs - 717-783-9311

You can find phone numbers and email addresses for the Committee
members at the following page on the Pennsylvania Legislature website:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1651

To review the text of House Bill 2673, go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1652


BACKGROUND

Pennsylvania law governing home education programs, Section 13-1327.1
of Pennsylvania Statutes Annotated, requires homeschool students to
receive the same health and medical services required of other
students of the child's age and grade level. Section 1402 of the
Public School Code requires each child to have a vision test, a
hearing test, a measurement of height and weight, tests for
tuberculosis and "such other tests as the Advisory Health Board may
deem advisable to protect the health of the child." Additionally, a
medical examination and comprehensive appraisal of the health of every
child is required at certain grade levels. It is noteworthy that the
Advisory Health Board made up of medical professionals has not
determined that diabetes screening is advisable for school children.

Juvenile diabetes, also known as Type I diabetes, occurs in only .6%
of the population in the United States. That's less than 1% of
Americans, hardly a basis to screen the entire student population of
Pennsylvania for the disease. We believe that parents in consultation
with medical professionals, not lawmakers, should decide what
diagnostic tests are appropriate for their children.

This bill is a bad idea. Let's stop it in its tracks.


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association



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