H.R.2507: Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2019

Overview

H.R. 2507 would modify the existing newborn screening program that is appropriated by federal grants under the Public Health Service Act. It would require screening program providers to “assess the target audience’s current knowledge to incorporate health communications strategies, and measure impact.” The bill would also modify the “quality assurance” standards for laboratories that perform such screenings.

The bill would also increase the available appropriations for the program from $11,900,000 to $31,000,000 from 2020 to 2024, and provide an increase from $8,000,000 to $29,650,000 from 2020 to 2024 for the laboratory quality and surveillance requirement.

S. 2158 is the Senate companion bill.

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Talking Points

  • The National Assembly supports H.R. 2507, legislation that would increase funding for diagnostic tests on newborn infants, to identify serious, often fatal, disorders at birth, so that these disorders can be treated and help ensure everyone has access to the care so we can all reach our full human potential.

Our Stance

Support

Priority

Medium

Bill Number

H.R.2507

Date Introduced

May 02, 2019

Committee

Senate HELP Committee

Bill Status

Passed Original Chamber