Massachusetts lawmakers to hold hearing on health bills

By The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) _ Massachusetts lawmakers are planning to hear from the public on more than two dozen health related bills this week.

Among the pieces of legislation up for a hearing before the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health on Tuesday is a proposal that would require hospitals to fully support all mothers in their infant feeding decisions.

That includes protecting the right of maternity patients to be informed and receive complete and culturally competent information and materials on all infant feeding choices.

Two other bills included in the hearing are aimed at helping the state better prevent death and disability from stroke, and developing a uniform protocol for transporting sexual assault evidence collection kits directly from hospitals to testing facilities.

The hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Massachusetts Statehouse.

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