Newborn screening bill clears Senate committee, full Assembly

The Senate Health Committee unanimously passed a bill that would require birthing facilities to screen newborns for congenital heart defects prior to discharge.

The legislation, S2752, would require pulse oximetry tests, which measure how much oxygen is in the blood. The tests are more effective than ultrasounds in detecting CHDs, which affect between 7 to 9 newborns out of 1,000 births, the bill stated.

A companion bill, A3744, cleared the Assembly later in the day.

Newborn screening bill clears Senate committee, full Assembly