PREEMIE Reauthorization Act (S. 252/H.R. 541)

Sponsors: Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ).

On February 7, 2013, the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act (S. 252) was introduced in the 113th Congress and referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. A companion bill (H.R. 541) was introduced in the House and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

The PREEMIE Reauthorization Act represents a renewed commitment to our nation’s efforts to reduce premature birth, which is the leading killer of newborns. If enacted, the bill will authorize enhanced research, education and intervention activities aimed at improving pregnancy outcomes.

Latest update
On September 25, 2013, S. 252 was approved by the Senate. The bill is now awaiting action by the House of Representatives.

Summary of key provisions

  • Reauthorizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) research and programs on preterm birth to improve and track national data and develop methods to better understand and prevent late preterm births.
  • Authorizes the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to award telemedicine grants and demonstration projects aimed at improving treatment of pregnant women and outcomes for babies born prematurely.
  • Authorizes the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality to provide recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding reducing infant mortality, preterm birth and improving the health status of pregnant women and infants.

Take action: Tell Congress that you support the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act.

See also: What health care reform means for you and your family, PREEMIE Act (P.L. 109-450) summary of provisions

Most common questions

What is the history of government programs for women and children?

Title V of the Social Security Act, was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. Title V, or the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services program, pledged support to states to provide services that would protect the "health of our nation's mothers and children."

What federal agencies are involved in premature birth research?

Multiple federal agencies support prematurity-related research but among the most engaged are the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health and Maternal and Infant Health Research within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How can I learn what conditions newborns are screened for in my state?

Two key resources are the National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center and the March of Dimes. You can easily compare state programs on our Peristats website.

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