Senate Passes Bill to Restore Newborn Screening

[MMA News Now, April 24, 2014] Proposed legislation that would restore the state’s newborn screening program to its former status was approved by the state Senate, 41-22, on April 23. The House will likely consider the Senate language next week.

“We’re thrilled to see this legislation pass with bipartisan support,” said Eric Dick, MMA’s manager of state legislative affairs. “Minnesota used to be known nationally for its program. We hope the House agrees with the Senate on getting this life-saving program back to its former status.”

The legislation passed by the Senate removes the retention periods for test samples and data that was established in 2012. It will allow the Department of Health extended storage of the blood spots and test data as well as allow for new test development. It also requires parental consent for use of the spots for research.

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