U.S. Senator Kay Hagan’s Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act passed the Senate Wednesday, Jan. 29. The bipartisan bill, which Hagan introduced with Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), makes critical improvements to the country’s newborn screening system and ensures potentially life-threatening conditions are detected, diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. It now moves to the House of Representatives.
“I am so pleased that the Senate made important progress toward helping to save the lives of thousands of infants,” said Hagan. “As a mom, I can remember being singularly concerned with one thing – was my new baby healthy? Improving these screening systems will help put more parents at ease by ensuring that potentially serious or fatal conditions are caught right away so they can quickly receive proper treatment. Newborn screening saves lives, and I urge the House of Representatives to act quickly so that more children in North Carolina and across the country have a greater chance to lead a full life.”