The bill states that the department of public health and environment (department) recommends that each treating primary health care provider, physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner who treats a patient born between 1945 and 1965 in an inpatient or outpatient setting offer the patient hepatitis C screening or hepatitis C diagnostic testing unless the patient:
- Is being treated for a life-threatening emergency;
- Has previously been offered the testing; or
- Lacks capacity to give consent.
If the offer is accepted and the test is reactive, the health care provider is required to offer the patient follow-up care or refer the patient for follow-up care.