Would require the State Department of Health Care Services, in consultation with the State Department of Public Health, to establish and conduct a public education program to inform pregnant women and women who may become pregnant about cytomegalovirus (CMV) using information about specified items, including birth defects caused by congenital CMV and available preventive measures to avoid CMV infection of those women. The bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services to make that information available on its Internet Web site and to provide the information to specified entities and individuals.
To the Members of the California State Assembly:
I am returning Assembly Bill 1801 without my signature.
This bill would require the Department of Health Care Services to establish a 13-member Commission to identify public educational resources for, and examine research and data relating to, Cytomegalovirus, a non-genetic virus which causes birth defects.
Researching, educating and testing for diseases in newborns is the function of the Department of Public Health’s Newborn Screening program. I encourage the author to work with this department to review and assess this disease rather than create a new governmental body in a different department.
Edmund G. Brown Jr.