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14 Mar: Codey-Vitale Legislation To Require Dhss’ Licensed Birthing Facilities To Do Heart Screening Clears Senate Committee

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Richard J. Codey (D-Essex) and Joseph F. Vitale (D-Middlesex) that would require Department of Health and Senior Services’ (DHSS) licensed birthing facilities to do heart screening today cleared the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

“When it comes to newborns, government has to show their heart. The kind of screening this legislation would require could save countless newborn lives and find problems that might otherwise have gone undetected. It is a small, painless procedure, the results of which can’t be measured in dollars or cents,” said Codey.