North Carolina State Advocacy

March of Dimes volunteers and staff work to influence both legislative and regulatory activities in each state by serving as powerful voices for the needs of pregnant women, infants, children and families. Our efforts span the full range of our annual 
Advocacy & Government Affairs priorities, including access to care, research and surveillance, and prevention and education. 

In North Carolina, March of Dimes secured 6 legislative wins in 2018 by successfully advocating in support of legislation to allocate $6.4 million in recurring funds, through increased fees to support the full cost of the state’s newborn screening panel updates.

After three years of advocacy, March of Dimes successfully advocated for legislation to add three newborn screening conditions—Pompe, MPS 1, and X-ALD—to the state’s screening panel, and supported legislation to require the state to automatically update its newborn screening panel whenever conditions are added to the federal Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP); and defeated attempts to allow unregulated association health plans that are non-compliant with current federal law to be created.  

Below are just a few examples of fact sheets and issue briefs used in successful state advocacy efforts. 

See also: State advocacy (overview)Federal advocacyAdvocacy and Government Affairs Issues and PrioritiesPolicies & positionsVictories & achievementsMarch of Dimes Data Book for Policy Makers and Peristats