Nearly all of the more than 4 million infants born in the U.S. each year undergo newborn screening. The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act extends federal programs that provide assistance to states to improve and expand their newborn screening programs, support parent and provider education, and ensure laboratory quality for newborn screening programs. On December 18, 2014, the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act became law!
During the 113th Congress, the March of Dimes will advocate for access to health coverage (including Medicaid and CHIP) for pregnant women and children; sustained federal research to prevent prematurity, birth defects, and infant mortality; and prevention and education programs that improve birth outcomes and promote maternal and child health.
The March of Dimes advocacy agenda focuses on public policies and programs that relate to the Foundation's Mission and on issues that pertain to tax-exempt organizations.