Bill proposes screening babies for heart defects

Mar 28, 2013 -- 9:30am


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Soldotna senator has introduced legislation that would require newborns be screened for congenital heart defects. SB87, from Sen. Peter Micciche, would require that health care facilities that provide birthing services screen babies born there for heart defects before the babies are discharged. It also would require that the attending physician, midwife or other qualified professional order or performing confirmatory testing on newborns whose tests results are abnormal. They also would have to provide advice to the parents or guardians about the "need for appropriate interventions." Parents or legal guardians would have the option of refusing the screening or testing. The proposal would not apply to licensed facilities in the state that provide birthing services and have fewer than 50 beds until 2016.

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