Crucial CCHD Screening Legislation Spreads Across State Lines
Over the course of the last few weeks, significant progress has been made on the state level for advancing critical congenital heart defect (CCHD) screening legislation. New Mexico and Virginia finalized bills requiring hospitals to perform a pulse oximetry test on newborns before they are discharged from the hospital. Additionally, the Arizona House and Hawaii Senate both unanimously voted to pass CCHD screening legislation. Finally, Wisconsin recently enacted the first part of the two step process by passing a bill that empowers the health department to promulgate congenital screening regulations. Passing CCHD screening legislation is one of the College's state advocacy priorities and the ACC is continually working with local ACC Chapters and the ACC's Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology Section on advancing legislation.
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