House passes bill that would allow trained staff to give students insulin shots

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comJanuary 28, 2014 

Henry Gibson, 7, a Cassidy Elementary School second-grader, has Type 1 diabetes and needs occasional insulin injections so his body can convert sugar, starches and other foods into energy. Because of state law, only a school nurse or his parents may help him with insulin injections.

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A bill that would allow trained school staff to administer or help administer insulin to diabetic students passed Kentucky's House of Representatives Monday.

House Bill 98, sponsored by State Rep. Bob Damron, D-Nicholasville, passed 91-0.

Current Kentucky regulations and laws do not permit school personnel without a healthcare license to administer insulin to students.

House Bill 98 had not been assigned to a committee in the Senate by Tuesday morning. However, the chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, State Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, said Tuesday that she supports the legislation. Additionally, Denton has introduced Senate Bill 30 that would also allow trained school staff to administer insulin.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter:@vhspears

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