Texas Legislature to Fund CF Newborn Screening – All 50 States Soon to be Screening for CF
May 11, 2009
The Texas Legislature has approved legislation that includes full funding for newborn screening for cystic fibrosis. Once passed, the legislation will provide funds to ensure that every infant born in the state is checked for CF at birth.
Texas was the last state to adopt a full newborn screening program. The state will determine an exact start date for the program shortly.
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.
Legislators in Texas supported newborn screening funding after hearing from CF Advocates about the importance of the program. CF Advocates have been instrumental in bringing about newborn screening successes. Since 2005, Advocates have helped convince forty five states to require that all newborns be screened for cystic fibrosis.
You can speak out to your elected officials on behalf of people with cystic fibrosis. Visit the Advocacy page to get involved and inspire action.