Advocate for Texas' Moms and Babies
The March of Dimes Texas Chapter leads policy and legislative efforts that support our mission of improving the health of women of childbearing age, infants and children by reducing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The key to that success is the commitment and involvement of our grassroots volunteers in demonstrating to policy makers and legislators how the work that we do saves lives in Texas. Below are details about our current policy priorities. We hope you will be inspired to get involved in these efforts - do so by clicking here to join our Texas Advocacy Network.
The March of Dimes, through support from our large volunteer network, advocated for 20 legislative priorities during the Texas Legislature’s 84th Regular Session which ended June 1, 2015. Below is information on the top 3 priorities that passed which we feel will have the biggest impact on maternal and infant health in Texas.
SB 97 by Sen. Hinojosa and Rep. Alvarado protecting Texas youth from e-cigarettes: SB 97 establishes some restrictions that will protect Texas youth from e-cigarettes. Some of the provisions included are things such as; the establishment of a legal age of 18 in order to purchase e-cigarettes, prohibition on the use of e-cigarettes on all school properties and at school sanctioned events, and requiring the e-cigarette liquids to be sold in childproof packaging to prevent child poisoning.
HB 2171 by Rep. Sheffield and Sen. Zaffirini to preserve important health data for Texas youth: HB 2171 changes the age that an individual must consent to their records being maintained in the immunization registry from age 18 to age 26, if an individual does not consent to their records being kept in the registry by age 26 the records will be destroyed. This legislation simply gives the individual a little more time to realize the value of this health information and select to have them maintained rather than having all of that data lost at age 18 as is the current practice. It is also important to note that this in no way impacts anyone whose parents did not consent to have their immunization records preserved in ImmTrac as a child.
HB 3433 by Rep. Sheffield and Sen. Kolkhorst to provide additional rural representation to the Perinatal Advisory Council: HB 3433 built on the ground work laid by HB 15 during the 83rd legislative session in 2013, to add 2 additional rural representatives to the Perinatal Advisory Council. The Council is currently working to advise the Department of State Health Services on the establishment of standardized levels of care for hospitals that provide neonatal and maternal care. The addition of these additional rural representatives will ensure that the diverse needs of our large state are met and that neonatal and maternal patients across Texas will receive the same standard of care.
All in all the 83rd Texas Legislative Session was very successful for the March of Dimes. We especially want to thank all of the legislators and their staff who worked tirelessly on behalf of Texas mothers and babies. We also want to give a special thanks to you, our volunteers, who gave of your time to support our legislative efforts.
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