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“PREEMIE” Bill Passes Senate

November 15th, 2013 - By Steve James

The U.S. Senate passed a bill proposed by Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado aimed at reducing infant deaths and disabilities by expanding research, education, and intervention activities related to premature birth. The House passed the bill on Tuesday, and it now heads to the president’s desk.

This bill will help the scientists and researchers working on saving infant lives and preventing births from happening too early. It is an important step to helping reduce the rate of premature births in Tennessee, which is over 12 percent,” Alexander said.

The “PREEMIE” bill reauthorizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s research and programs on preterm birth, including improving national data tracking on preterm birth, and conducting studies. The bill also reauthorizes programs at the Health Resources and Services Administration aimed at improving the treatment and outcomes for infants born premature.