Legislative Update: 4/15/11


MN-AAP Decries Newborn Screening Changes

Gathering with a broad coalition of partners including parents groups, the March of Dimes, and Mayo Clinic, the MN-AAP led an effort to highlight dangerous changes to the state’s Newborn Screening Program contained in a Senate bill. The proposed changes would call for the destruction of the state’s registry of test results and dried bloodspots, and would seriously jeopardize the utility of the program. Scroll down for a fact sheet and action alert on newborn screening.

HHS Budget Work Begins

Members of the House and Senate gathered this week to begin work in reconciling significant differences in their approach to funding HHS agencies and programs. While comparable in the size of funding, the approaches of the two bills differ. The legislators’ position remains considerably different from that of the Governor.

Concussion Bill Moves Forward

A proposal to raise awareness of concussions and better manage a youth athlete’s “return to play” took several steps in both the House and Senate this week. The bill makes use of guidelines and educational materials made available by the CDC, and requires clearance by trained individuals before a youth may resume practice or competition.

Annual Sponsors

Children's Minnesota
Gillette Children's
Hennepin Healthcare
University of Minnesota Health
Essentia Health
Mayo Clinic
Shriners Healthcare for Children-Twin Cities