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.