Summary

To reduce preterm labor and delivery and the risk of pregnancy-related deaths and complications due to pregnancy, and to reduce infant mortality caused by prematurity. Read More

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This bill was introduced on Jul 28, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jul 28, 2011

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A BILL

To reduce preterm labor and delivery and the risk of pregnancy-related deaths and complications due to pregnancy, and to reduce infant mortality caused by prematurity.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Reauthorization Act'' or the ``PREEMIE Reauthorization Act''.

SEC. 2. PURPOSES.

It is the purpose of this Act to-- (1) help reduce preterm birth, associated disabilities of preterm birth, and deaths of babies born preterm; (2) expand research into the causes of preterm birth; and (3) promote the development, availability, and use of evidence-based practices of care for pregnant women at risk of preterm labor or other serious pregnancy-related complications and for infants born preterm.

SEC. 3. RESEARCH AND ACTIVITIES AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH.

Part B of title IV of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 284 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

``SEC. 409K. EXPANSION AND COORDINATION OF RESEARCH RELATING TO PRETERM LABOR AND DELIVERY AND INFANT MORTALITY.

``(a) In General.--The Secretary, acting through the Director of NIH, shall, subject to the availability of appropriations, expand, intensify, and coordinate the activities of the National Institutes of Health with respect to research on the causes of preterm labor and delivery, tools to detect, prevent, or reduce prevalence of preterm labor and delivery, and the care and treatment of...

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History On July 28, 2011, the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act (S. 1440) was introduced in the 112th Congress and referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. A companion bill (H.R. 2679) was introduced in the House and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The PREEMIE Reauthorization Act represents a renewed commitment to our nation’s efforts to reduce premature birth, which is the leading killer of newborns. If enacted, the bill will authorize enhanced research, education and intervention activities aimed at improving pregnancy outcomes. Summary of key provisions Authorizes biomedical, clinical and transdisciplinary research related to preterm birth at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Reauthorizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) research and programs on preterm birth to improve and track national data and develop methods to better understand and prevent late preterm births. Authorizes the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to award telemedicine grants and demonstration projects aimed at improving treatment of pregnant women and outcomes for babies born prematurely. Establishes the National Science-Based Provider and Consumer Education Campaign to promote healthy pregnancies and prevent preterm birth. Authorizes the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality to provide recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding reducing infant mortality, preterm birth and improving the health status of pregnant women and infants. http://www.marchofdimes.com/advocacy/prevention_preemiereauthorization.html

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Bill Summary

To reduce preterm labor and delivery and the risk of pregnancy-related deaths and complications due to pregnancy, and to reduce infant mortality caused by prematurity.

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