PITTSBURGH – A bill being introduced by Allegheny County Rep. Dan Frankel would give teens power over their own health care decisions. House Bill 1818 would allow people 14 or older to consent to immunizations recommended by the United States Advisory Committee. Parents or guardians would not be able to override their decision. Current state law already allows that same age group to consent to inpatient mental health treatment and sexual health treatment. The bill would largely mirror that current law. Another bill proposed by Frankel, House Bill 1820 would require parents seeking a religious or philosophical exemption to school vaccine requirements to get an annual medical consultation to stay up to date on threats to children’s health and the community from communicable diseases. Both bills will likely be referred to the PA House Health Committee, where Frankel serves as the Democrat chairman.

REP. DAN FRANKEL