Opinion: Newborn screening saves lives. Congress needs to reauthorize the program

Newborn screening, which saves or improves the lives of thousands of babies each year, can continue to improve and thrive only if the federal-state partnership currently in place continues.
An obstetrician technician collects a blood sample from a newborn in the nursery at Community Hospital North in Indianapolis. Source: Michael Conroy/AP

One of the most successful public health stories in U.S. history — the nation’s newborn screening program — was the subject of a recent reauthorization hearing held by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Each year, just over 4 million babies are born in the United States. Virtually all of them have a heel pricked to draw a few drops of blood that are then analyzed to see if they have any of a . What makes this program so essential

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