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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature


00 Enrolled HB 301                                                                                                         
01 Relating to duties and procedures of the state medical examiner and the Department of Health                            
02 and Social Services.                                                                                                    
03                           _______________                                                                               
04    * Section 1. AS 12.65.025(a) is amended to read:                                                                   
05            (a)  The state medical examiner shall designate the facilities at which post                                 
06       mortem examinations and autopsies ordered under this chapter may be performed                                     
07       consistent with this section. The Department of Health and Social Services shall pay                          
08       the costs of                                                                                                      
09                 (1)  post mortem examinations and autopsies ordered under this                                          
10       chapter;                                                                                                          
11                 (2)  related transportation to the location where the post mortem                                       
12       examination is conducted and then to the community closest to where the death                                     
13       occurred, except that transportation costs to another requested location shall [MAY]                          
14       be paid to the extent that the costs do not exceed the costs that would otherwise have                        
01       been paid by the department for [OF] returning the body to the community closest                              
02       to where the death occurred;                                                                                      
03                 (3)  embalming, if embalming is required by law; and                                                
04                 (4)  cosmetology necessary to make the head, face, neck, and hands of                                   
05       the deceased presentable if those parts of the body are disfigured by the post mortem                             
06       examination.                                                                                                      
07    * Sec. 2. AS 12.65.025 is amended by adding new subsections to read:                                               
08            (f)  The state medical examiner shall designate a location for conducting a post                             
09       mortem examination that is in the community closest to where the death occurred if                                
10                 (1)  the state medical examiner has verified that a facility with adequate                              
11       technology, personnel, and training is available at the location to enable the state                              
12       medical examiner to direct a remote examination;                                                                  
13                 (2)  the facility meets applicable standards, including inspection and                                  
14       accreditation, for conducting remote post mortem examinations established in the                                  
15       Forensic Autopsy Performance Standards by the National Association of Medical                                     
16       Examiners; and                                                                                                    
17                 (3)  the cost of conducting the examination in the community closest to                                 
18       where the death occurred is less than the cost of conducting the examination or                                   
19       autopsy at another location, including the cost of transporting the body to and from                              
20       another location to conduct the examination.                                                                      
21            (g)  The Department of Health and Social Services shall provide to a person                                  
22       responsible for the burial of a body written notice describing the duties and procedures                          
23       of the state medical examiner and the department under this chapter. The notice must                              
24       explain, in a form and language that is designed to be easy to understand, the                                    
25       availability of                                                                                                   
26                 (1)  an option to release the body after examination and autopsy to a                                   
27       location other than a mortuary without a recommendation or stated preference to do                                
28       otherwise;                                                                                                        
29                 (2)  the department's coverage of costs associated with the examination                                 
30       or autopsy, transportation of the body, and necessary cosmetology as provided under                               
31       (a) of this section;                                                                                              
01                 (3)  clothing and a casket required under (b) of this section;                                          
02                 (4)  transportation to the community closest to where the death                                         
03       occurred or to another location;                                                                                  
04                 (5)  a burial-transit permit as provided under AS 18.50.250; and                                        
05                 (6)  a death certificate as provided under AS 18.50.230.                                                
06    * Sec. 3. AS 18.50.250(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
07            (a)  Except as provided in (e) of this section, the [THE] funeral director or                            
08       person acting as the funeral director who first assumes custody of a dead body or fetus                           
09       shall obtain a burial-transit permit before final disposition or removal from the state of                        
10       the body or fetus and within 72 hours after death, except as otherwise authorized by                              
11       regulation for special problem cases.                                                                             
12    * Sec. 4. AS 18.50.250 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
13            (e)  The state medical examiner shall obtain the burial-transit permit before a                              
14       body is transported under AS 12.65.025(a)(2).                                                                     
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