Dayton Signs Bill Restoring Newborn Screening Program

[MMA News Now, May 8, 2014] Gov. Mark Dayton restored the state’s newborn screening program to its former status when he signed SF 2047 into law on May 6. The bill passed the House 69-58 and the Senate 36-20.

“This is great news for newborns, families and the physicians who provide care,” said Eric Dick, MMA’s manager of state legislative affairs. “This program saves lives. Since it began in 1965, the newborn screening program has saved more than 5,000 newborns from dying or living with severe disabilities.”

The legislation removes the retention periods for test samples and data that were established in 2012. It allows the Department of Health extended storage of the blood spots and test data as well as allow for new test development. The current screening panel tests for more than 50 heritable or congenital diseases. The law also requires parental consent for use of the spots for research.

“We used to be known nationally for our program and now we can be looked to as a leader once again,” Dick said.

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