School insulin bill heading to governor’s desk

February 21, 2014

FRANKFORT—A bill that would require schools to have an employee on duty to administer insulin and epilepsy medication to students is on its way to the governor’s desk.

House Bill 98, sponsored by Rep. Robert Damron, D-Nicholasville, received final passage Thursday in the House by a vote of 96-2. The bill would require that a licensed health worker, non-licensed health technician, or trained school employee be on duty at schools to administer or help with self-administration of insulin, other approved diabetes drugs, and seizure rescue drugs approved by the federal government.

Written permission from a child’s parent or guardian and instructions from the child’s health care provider would be required before any of the medications could be administered, according to HB 98. The legislation states that schools would have to implement the training requirements in the bill beginning this July 15.

Damron said Kentucky is poised to become the 34th state to adopt legislation similar to HB 98.

The legislation would also allow children to perform their own blood glucose checks and self-administer insulin at school upon written request of their parents or guardians and authorization by a child’s health provider.

HB 98 includes an emergency clause that would make the bill effective upon being signed into law.