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Massachusetts law about children's health care

A compilation of laws, regulations, cases, and web sources on children's health care law.
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Massachusetts laws

MGL c.6A, s.16P-16S Yolanda's Law: Enhancing children's mental health treatment

MGL c.111, s.24E Access to Contraception

MGL c.111, s.222 Concussion and Sports Participation

MGL c.112, s.12E Access to Drug Treatment

MGL c.112, s.12F Emergency Treatment of Minors

MGL c.112, s.12S Consent to Abortion Persons Less than 18 Years Old

MGL c.123, s.10 Admission to Mental Health Facilities

St. 2012, c.77 Medical Emergency Response Plans for Schools (Michael's Law)
Local school districts will now be required to develop efficient written medical response plans to be better prepared to respond to life-threatening emergencies, including training in CPR and use of defibrillators. 

Court rules

Superior Court Standing Order 5-81: Uniform Procedures Regarding Petitions for Abortion Authorization Under GL c.112, s.12S.

Selected case law

Comm. v. Twitchell, 416 Mass. 114 (1993)
The parents of a seriously ill 2.5 year old child had a common law duty to seek medical treatment for their child, the violation of which, if their conduct was wanton or reckless, could support a conviction of involuntary manslaughter in the child's death, and the spiritual healing provisions of G. L. c. 273, § 1, a statute concerning child support and care, and not apply to foreclose the parents' prosecution for involuntary manslaughter.

Rosie D. v. Romney, 410 F.Supp. 2d 18 (2006) 
Massachusetts "violated ...provisions of the Medicaid Act by failing to offer necessary medical services to children in this Commonwealth who suffer from serious emotional disturbances."

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Last updated: April 18, 2018

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