Governor Nixon signed Chloe's Law (HB 230) on Tuesday morning, July 9th at St. Louis Children's Hospital, mandating pulse oximetry screenings for all newborns in Missouri!
For over a year, we have been working to pass legislation that would require all newborn babies to be given a pulse oximetry screening for critical congenital heart defects (CCHD) before they leave the hospital. Chloe's Law, named after Kelly Manz’s daughter, finally reached the Governor’s desk!
Kelly Manz has worked long and hard on this legislation - we are very proud and grateful for her efforts! Read about her story and you will understand why she and the many other heart moms are the reason why we pushed so hard to get this legislation passed.
According to the Missouri Health Department, since 2007, 54 Missouri babies died from undetected CCHD, that otherwise could have been saved if pulse oximetry was administered after birth. The American Heart Association, working closely with the March of Dimes, led the efforts in passing this life-saving legislation! We’re happy to report that Governor Nixon signed this bill TODAY, July 9th on the first floor of St. Louis Children's Hospital!
We had some great media coverage on this issue because Missourians truly care about giving newborn babies a fair start at a heart-healthy life. Here are just a few of the articles if case you missed them:
- Test for heart defects could be required in Missouri, Illinois hospitals - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- Missouri Mom Tries To Pass Law To Save Newborns' Lives - KOMU
- Children's Hospital backs bill mandating newborn heart screenings -St. Louis Business Journal
- Mom fights for law that could mean life, death for MO newborns - KCTV5
We will now be able to protect and help ALL Missouri babies from critical congenital heart defects. Thank you to all the volunteers, staff and partners who gave of their time and effort to make this a reality!
You're the Cure,
Regional Grassroots Advocacy Director