Lead poisoning permanently damages a child’s developing brain leaving them with lower intelligence and a higher risk of attention deficit and behavior problems. Currently, more than 2,000 Hoosier children per year are lead poisoned. That is a burden for those children, who won’t achieve their full potential and an economic loss for society.
HB 1313 will require medical providers to offer lead testing for children 9 to 72 months who have not previously been tested. The requirement expires at the end of 2026. This will establish 3 years of additional testing and give the state data to better define which children are at the greatest risk.
The bill passed both the House and the Senate and is headed to the Governor to be signed into law.
Please thank your state representative and state senator if they voted to support HB 1313. See how they voted here: