Senator John Marty Newborn Screening Legislation Bill Signing
Saint Paul, MN – State Senator John Marty is pictured with Gov. Mark Dayton during the signing of his Newborn Screening Legislation on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
The Newborn Screening Program is a public health initiative that provides early identification and follow-up for treatment of infants affected by certain genetic, metabolic, hormonal and/or functional conditions. The purpose of newborn screening is to identify babies at risk for hidden and rare conditions within the first 24 – 48 hours of the infant’s life. Quick diagnosis of these conditions can help prevent serious complications such as brain damage, organ disease, and even death.
The new law will help restore Minnesota’s nation-leading newborn screening program that has saved about 5,000 lives since its inception in 1965. The program’s functions have come under attack in recent years, which led to a court ruling that severely restricted the ability of the Department of Health to conduct this life saving program. The new legislation will enhance the health needs of our state’s newborns and ensure that parents are given information about the testing and medical records of their children.