Connecticut Legislature Unanimously Approves CF Newborn Screening Bill

May 4, 2009

On April 30th, the Connecticut General Assembly unanimously approved a bill that would make newborn screening for cystic fibrosis mandatory in the state. Elected officials cast their votes after hearing from CF Advocates about the importance of the program. 

Babies that are screened are more likely to be diagnosed earlier, which means that they can start treatment sooner. Early treatment for babies with CF can lead to better health, fewer hospitalizations and longer lives. 

Routine screening of all newborns for the disease will begin on October 1st in Connecticut.

The CF Foundation is committed to ensuring that all states screen newborns for cystic fibrosis. Connecticut was one of only two states in the country that had yet to establish a mandatory newborn screening program for CF.  The final state, Texas, is considering funding options to start a similar program. 

Learn more about Newborn Screening in your state and how to get involved.