POLICY INTIATIVES

Newborn Screenings Saves Lives Reauthorization Act, S. 350 / H.R. 482

Newborn screening allows for early detection of rare genetic conditions at birth. The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act governs newborn screening at the federal level. Legal statutes and administrative regulations allow for each state to determine how their newborn screening program is run. This Act reauthorizes existing federal programs that:

  • assist states in improving and expanding programs
  • support parent and provider education
  • ensure laboratory quality and effective surveillance
  • facilitate adding of conditions to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP)

The current authorization expired September 30, 2019.


Medicaid Expansion

Medicaid expansion would give more low-income adults access to health care services, resulting in improved health outcomes.  In addition, Medicaid expansion would reduce the health coverage gap for individuals living below poverty level and reduce the cost of uncompensated care for emergency room use by individuals without health insurance. Medicaid expansion would increase state economic growth by creating new health care sector jobs to treat the influx of newly enrolled Medicaid beneficiaries. 

Incentivizing Medicaid Expansion Act

This bill provides the enhanced federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) to every state that expands Medicaid coverage for individuals who are newly eligible under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, regardless of when such expansion takes place. The bill applies retroactively.