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.
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
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
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."
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.
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.