Health Care Providers Must Comply with Pennsylvania’s New Blood Lead Test Law

A new state law regarding blood lead tests for young children went into effect on Tuesday. The state Health Department gave notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin regarding how Act 150 of 2022 is to be implemented by healthcare providers. The law requires that doctors should order blood tests for pregnant moms and young children if they determine that the women or children are at risk of lead exposure. The notice said a health care provider will consider possible lead exposure by evaluating risk factors in accordance with recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics for children 24 months of age or under and the CDC and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists guidelines for pregnant women.