Federal Legislative Issues Relating to Preterm Infants

Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act Signed by President

On December 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 1281, the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act. The law is designed to eliminate critical delays in the newborn screening process. Babies are routinely screened for many disorders at birth. Unfortunately, there have been cases where the delays in getting those test results back have led to babies dying or being permanently disabled.

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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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