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Pediatric Issues

Protecting Our Infants

On May 8, 2015 the ACS sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voicing support for S. 799, the Protecting Our Infants Act. This legislation coordinates federal efforts to prevent prenatal opioid abuse and treat infants born dependent on opioids.

There has been an astonishing 300-percent increase in the number of infants diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) since 2000. According to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, more research is needed to identify and treat babies born with this condition, and there should be further planning and coordination of Federal efforts on prenatal opioid abuse and NAS.

This bill would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop recommendations for preventing and treating prenatal opioid abuse and for treating infants born dependence on opioids. The measure would also direct the Secretary to lead a review of departmental planning and coordination and develop a strategy to address research and program gaps. Finally, the bill would encourage the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work with states to help them improve surveillance and data collection activities regarding this problem.

S. 799 ACS Support Letter

Ensuring Children’s Access to Specialty Care

The ACS, along with a coalition of healthcare organizations, sent a letter to Reps. Chris Collins (R-NY) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) in support of their bill, H.R.1859, the Ensuring Access to Specialty Care Act of 2015. This legislation is a needed step toward curbing today’s critical shortage of pediatric medical subspecialists, pediatric surgical specialists, and pediatric mental health specialists to help provide children with timely access to vital health services they need.

H.R. 1859 Coalition Endorsement

Contact: Carrie Zlatos