Federal Legislative Issues Relating to Preterm Infants

Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act Passed by House

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 1281, the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act. This legislation, is supported by 119 bipartisan cosponsors, helps to protect the health and wellbeing of every infant born in the United States. The Senate passed similar legislation in late January; H.R. 1281 will now go to the Senate for a final vote.

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President Signs Preemie Reauthorization Act into Law

On November 27, 2013, President Barack Obama signed into law S. 252, the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act, a bill to reauthorize federal research, education, and intervention activities related to preterm birth and infant mortality. “The PREEMIE Act represents the federal government’s commitment to reducing the devastating toll of preterm birth,” stated Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President of the March of Dimes.

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