DearColleague.us

Letter

From: The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard
Sent By: daphne.delgado@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 1281
Date: 7/8/2014

Cosponsor the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act (HR 1281)

Current Sponsors (103): Barton, Beatty, Becerra, Bera, Bishop, Calvert, Moore Capito, Capps, Cardenas, Castor, Castro, Christensen, Cicilline, Clarke, Cohen, Collins, Conyers, Costa, Courtney, Crowley, Davis, DeGette, Delaney, DeLauro, Dingell, Doyle, Ellison, Eshoo, Esty, Farr, Gallego, Garamendi, Garcia, Granger, Grayson, Green, Grijalva, Gutierrez, Hastins, Heck, Higgins, Hinojosa, Honda, Huffman, Jackson Lee, Jones, King, Kirkpatrick, Lance, Langevin, Larson, Latham, Lee, Levin, Lipinski, Loebsack, Lowey, Lujan Grisham, Lujan, Matheson, Matsui, McCollum, McDermott, McGovern, McKeon, Miller, Moore, Moran, Nadler, Napolitano, Neal, Negrete McLeod, Nunes, Pierluisi, Pocan, Rangel, Rogers, Royce, Ruiz, Ryan, Sablan, Sanchez, Schakowsky, Schiff, Scott, Serrano, Shea-Porter, Simpson, Sires, Slaughter, Speier, Takano, Tierney, Titus, Tonko, Vargas, Velazquez, Walden, Wasserman Schultz, Waxman, Welch, and Wilson.

Dear Colleague:

Ensure that access to these lifesaving programs continues by cosponsoring the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act (HR 1281). This bipartisan bill reauthorizes critical federal programs that assist states to improve and expand their newborn screening programs; support parents through newborn screening education; and ensure laboratory quality and surveillance.

Every year, more than 4 million babies are born in the United States. Newborn screening is a well-established state public health program which tests newborns for certain treatable genetic, metabolic, hormonal and functional conditions that are not otherwise apparent at birth. Screening detects conditions in newborns that, if left untreated, can cause disability, developmental delay, illness or even death. If diagnosed early, many of these conditions can be successfully managed, improving outcomes and reducing costs. Approximately 1 in every 300 newborns in the U.S. has a condition detectable through the screening process.

As a result of the 2008 bipartisan Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act, 44 states and the District of Columbia require screening of at least 29 of the 31 treatable core conditions.

We encourage you to become a cosponsor of the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act (HR 1281) – because no child should die or suffer devastating, yet preventable, disabilities which could have been detected at birth. To become a cosponsor or for more information, please contact: Daphne Delgado (Roybal-Allard) x 5-4897 or daphne.delgado@mail.house.govor Nathan Greene (Simpson) x 5-5531 or nathan.greene@mail.house.gov.

 Sincerely,

LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD                                                                  MIKE SIMPSON

Member of Congress                                                                                     Member of Congress