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Bill would require drug screenings for children at their annual physical

Posted at 3:29 PM, Dec 10, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Legislation recently introduced in the New York State Assembly would require drug screenings for children during their yearly physical check-ups.

The bill was introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara. It would apply to children between the ages of 12 and 18. It would also require certain insurance policies to provide coverage for the screening.

There would be no deductibles, co-insurance, or co-payments. If a test shows positive results, it would be shared with the child and their parent or guardian. And according to Assemblyman Santabarbara, treatment options will be offered.

The bill is currently in committee.