BEFORE THE Department of Public
health and human services of the
STATE OF MONTANA
In the matter of the amendment of ARM 37.12.401 and 37.57.301 pertaining to newborn screening
NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
TO: All Concerned Persons
1. On December 24, 2020, the Department of Public Health and Human Services published MAR Notice No. 37-939 pertaining to the public hearing on the proposed amendment of the above-stated rules at page 2317 of the 2020 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 24.
2. The department has amended the above-stated rules as proposed.
3. The department has thoroughly considered the comments and testimony received. A summary of the comments received and the department's responses are as follows:
COMMENT #1: The department received nine comments relating to this proposed rulemaking. The commenters consisted of both medical professionals and parents of children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Each of the commenters expressed support for the proposed rules. The commenters noted the importance of ensuring early detection of SMA in order to provide timely medical treatment that improves quality of life and slows progression of the disease.
RESPONSE#1: The department thanks each of the commenters for their support of the proposed rules.
4. These rule amendments are effective March 1, 2021.
/s/ Robert Lishman /s/ Erica Johnston
Robert Lishman Erica Johnston, Acting Director
Rule Reviewer Public Health and Human Services
Certified to the Secretary of State February 2, 2021.