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House Human Services Committee Passes Boback’s Pulse Oximetry Testing Bill
HARRISBURG – The House Human Services Committee voted unanimously today in favor of House Bill 1420, which would require pulse oximetry testing for newborns. The bill was authored by Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) and bill now heads to the full House for consideration.

“This bill is going to make a real difference for newborns and their families,” Boback said. “I thank the committee for recognizing the importance of this bill.”

Pulse oximetry is a blood oxygen test that can detect congenital heart defects or CHD. Recent studies have shown that this testing, with wide use, could detect 90 percent of congenital heart defects. The American Heart Association estimates the cost of a single pulse oximetry screening to be between $1 to $4. Many hospitals already offer the testing, but it would become mandatory under this legislation.

If this legislation is signed into law, Pennsylvania would join a growing number of states that require pulse oximetry testing. The legislation is supported by the American Heart Association.

“Pulse oximetry testing revolves around catching heart defects, in many cases, before they’re able to cause life-threatening problems,” Boback added.

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Representative Karen Boback
117th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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