Alexander, Cohen Push to Improve Infant Mortality

By Sullivan, Bartholomew | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), November 14, 2013 | Go to article overview

Alexander, Cohen Push to Improve Infant Mortality


Sullivan, Bartholomew, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)


WASHINGTON Legislation aimed at reducing infant mortality, sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, passed the House Tuesday night by a voice vote and is on its way to the president to be signed into law.

The bill, which passed the Senate in late September, reauthorizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research on preterm birth, including improving national data tracking on preterm birth, and conducting studies, according to Alexander's office. It also reauthorizes programs at the Health Resources and Services Administration aimed at improving the treatment and outcome for infants born premature.

"This bill is an important step in helping reduce the current rate of over 12 percent of Tennessee babies born preterm each year, and will help the researchers working to prevent these births from happening too early," Alexander said in a statement. "We have made great progress since we first put the spotlight on premature birth, but it remains a leading killer of newborns and a major cause of lasting disabilities. …

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