We’re ending Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week with a hearing in the Senate for a bill to add screening for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) to the panel for all Oregon babies.
March of Dimes and the American Heart Association, along with affected families, are advocating for Senate bill 172 (also bill HB 2693) to add screening for CCHD to the newborn screening panel via pulse oximetry.
An estimated 300 – 350 babies are born in Oregon each year with a congenital heart disease. Of these, roughly 80 are critical, meaning that the heart defect causes severe, life-threatening symptoms and requires intervention (e.g., medical treatment or surgery) within the first few hours, days, or months of life.
You can help!
- Join us at the hearing on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, at 3:00 pm at the State Capitol Building in Hearing Room A where the Senate Healthcare and Human Services Committee is meeting.
- If you can’t make it on Thursday, you can email your support of SB 172 to Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson at email@example.com
To learn more, call our Director of Programs and Public Affairs, Joanne Rogovoy, at 971-270-2885 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.