States Expand Newborn Screening for Life-Threatening Disorders

New March of Dimes Report Finds State-By-State Gaps Nearly Eliminated

March 5, 2009

In 2005, the first year that the March of Dimes report card measured state-by-state requirements on expanded newborn screening, only 38 percent of infants were born in states that required screening for 21 or more of 29 core conditions. Today, nearly all babies born in the U.S. live in states that require screening for 21 or more of these treatable disorders, reveals a new report issued by the March of Dimes.