May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month so HPAC wanted to update our members on the latest news for SUNucate!
OH, and do not forget, Don't Fry Friday, May 25th, 2018.
Here is the latest update:
A quick update on SUNucate legislation across the country: Maryland and Oklahoma have signed SUNucate into law! These two states join Indiana and Colorado in adopting measures to protect children from dangerous UV rays while at school and/or day camp. Thank you for your support in making this happen!
Legislation is still pending in other states and we’ve made great progress. Of note:
· Illinois (HB 4685) has passed the House and been assigned to the Senate Education Committee; at this time, no witnesses will be needed for a hearing
· Michigan (HB 5379) has passed out of the House and was heard yesterday in the Senate Education Committee; a vote will be held next week
· Missouri (SB 640) is waiting for a vote in the Senate
· Rhode Island: H7158 was passed unanimously by the House and referred to the Senate Education Committee
To date, all coalition members should have received copies of the following letters, unless you alerted me otherwise:
· Maryland – SB 217 (to the House Ways and Means Committee)
· Michigan – HB 5379 (to the Senate Education Committee)
· Oklahoma – SB 950 (to the House Common Education Committee)
· Pennsylvania – HB 1228 (Senate letter is attached)
· Rhode Island – H 7158 (to the Senate Committee on Education)
Oklahoma Becomes Eleventh State to Pass SUNucate Model Legislation
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., May 4, 2018 – On Thursday, Governor Mary Fallin approved SB 950, a bill based on ASDSA’s model legislation known as SUNucate, to eliminate barriers that prohibit students from possessing and using over-the-counter sunscreen in school. Unfortunately, sunscreen is often inaccessible at school due to broad reaching “medication bans” that include sunscreen because it is considered an over-the-counter medication by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). SB 950 was introduced by State Senator Gary Stanislawski and was approved with strong bipartisan support in both chambers.
“As we recognize Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we must continue to ensure everyone, including students, can protect themselves from the sun’s skin damaging ultraviolet radiation,” said ASDSA President Lisa Donofrio, MD. “Oklahoma is taking a great step towards raising awareness of skin cancer and promoting sun-safe behavior by allowing students to apply sunscreen at school.”
This legislation arose after concerns were raised by dermatologists and reports in the national media about students being required to provide a physician’s prescription in order to possess or use sunscreen at school. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Preventive Services Task Force agree children should be permitted to reduce the risk of skin cancer at school by having access to sunscreen and other sun-protective measures.
ASDSA was pleased to work with the Oklahoma Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Society and the Oklahoma State Medical Association in advocating for passage of this common-sense law. To learn more about SUNucate, visit asds.net/SUNucate.
Thanks Maura Flynn and HPAC for the update.