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For Immediate Release
July 5, 2016

Melissa Lindell, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or

DHHS to Hold Hearing July 11 on Communicable Disease

Lincoln— The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to regulations related to communicable disease. The proposed regulations will primarily impact laboratories and healthcare providers who are required to report communicable diseases to DHHS.

The proposed changes include the addition of organisms, infectious diseases, poisonings, and healthcare acquired infections to the reportable disease list, the elimination of an online reporting requirement, and administrative changes. The hearing will be held on Monday, July 11, at 9:00 a.m. CT, at the Nebraska State Office Building in Lincoln, 301 Centennial Mall South, lower level conference room B.

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments or to attend and comment at the hearing. Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT the day of the hearing, and should be emailed to, faxed to 402-742-2382, or sent to DHHS Legal Services, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026.

The draft regulations can be found at