Calif. Senate Approves Bill That Would Create Names-Based HIV Reporting System
The California Senate on Thursday voted 32-0 to approve a bill (SB 699) that would implement a confidential names-based reporting system for new HIV cases in the state, The Advocate reports (The Advocate, 4/8). The California Assembly in March approved the bill (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 3/31). California's current HIV reporting system, which was implemented in 2002, uses alphanumeric codes that incorporate a patient's birth date, gender and elements of their last name. The bill now goes to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) for consideration (The Advocate, 4/8).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.