3701.76 Programs to raise awareness of hazards of nonsteroidal synthetic estrogens - annual report of director.

(A) The director of health shall establish and maintain a statewide public information campaign on the effects of diethylstilbestrol or other nonsteroidal synthetic estrogens for the purpose of educating the public concerning the potential hazards related to exposure to diethylstilbestrol or other nonsteroidal synthetic estrogens and encouraging persons exposed to diethylstilbestrol or other nonsteroidal synthetic estrogens, including those exposed before birth, to seek medical attention for the identification and treatment of any conditions resulting from this exposure.

(B) The director shall maintain a registry of hospitals, clinics, physicians, or other health care providers to whom the director shall refer persons who make inquiries to the department of health regarding possible exposure to diethylstilbestrol or other nonsteroidal synthetic estrogens. In order to be eligible for listing in the registry, a health care provider shall make an application to the director, and shall have the necessary experience, facilities, and equipment to make examinations for possible effects of diethylstilbestrol or other nonsteroidal synthetic estrogens.

(C) The director shall maintain a registry of persons who have been exposed to diethylstilbestrol or other nonsteroidal synthetic estrogens, including persons exposed before birth, for the purpose of studying and monitoring conditions caused by exposure to diethylstilbestrol or other nonsteroidal synthetic estrogen. No person shall be listed in the registry without the director's consent.

(D) The director shall make an annual report to the general assembly on the effectiveness of the programs established under this section, and shall make recommendations concerning the programs and possible legislation relating to them.

(E) No insurance company doing business under title XXXIX [39] and no health insuring corporation holding a certificate of authority under Chapter 1751. of the Revised Code shall cancel or refuse to renew a policy, contract, certificate, or agreement or limit benefits provided under a policy, contract, certificate, or agreement solely because a policyholder, subscriber, or applicant for a policy, contract, certificate, or agreement has been exposed to diethylstilbestrol or other nonsteroidal synthetic estrogens.

Effective Date: 06-04-1997