March of Dimes Public Affairs - 2013 NJ Highlights
NJ Specific Highlights
- Proclamation from Governor Christie declaring January 2013 as Birth Defect Prevention Month
- Advocacy Meetings with the following New Jersey Legislators:
- Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell, Senator Loretta Weinberg, Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt to discuss newborn screening legislation and Health Babies Are Worth the Wait Program.
- Successful liaising with about half of the legislators (>50) from NJ’s Assembly and Senate in support of passing the budget for $1.6 million for Newborn Screening and to support Medicaid Expansion.
- Participation in letter writing campaigns and advocacy efforts to secure funding for $1.6 million for Newborn Screening and to support NJ’s Medicaid Expansion.
- An effective high level meeting with Governor Christie’s staff to discuss MOD priorities for Newborn Screening and Medicaid Expansion. We met with:
- David Weinstein, Senior Policy Advisor
- Bob Schwaneberg, Health Care Policy Advisor
- Ryan Goodwin, Assistant Counsel/Legislative Liaison
- Colin Newman, Senior Counsel
- An Interview with 101.5 radio station and an appearance on Assemblyman Thomas Giblin’s cable talk show to discuss the 2013 advocacy priorities.
- Participation in the National March of Dimes Advocacy & Government Affairs Conference.
- A resolution from the Trenton City Council declaring November Prematurity Awareness Month and recognizing the March of Dimes.
- Lobbying on Capitol Hill with staff from Representatives Leonard Lance, Bill Pascrell, Frank Pallone, Rodney Frelinghuysen and Senator Robert Menendez. The federal lobby agenda included:
- Co-sponsorship and support to pass the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act (S. 1417/ H.R. 1281)
- Protection of Medicaid, sustaining research and prevention funding, and preservation of the charitable tax deduction during budget negotiations
- Swift passage of the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act (S. 252/ H.R. 541) in the House