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

“If this bill is eventually signed into law, Pennsylvania will join a growing number of states which already mandate this screening,” Boback said. “We need to do all we can to catch these heart defects as soon as possible.”

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. The legislation is supported by the American Heart Association.

“Mandatory pulse oximetry testing has the potential to make a big difference for newborns and their families,” Boback said. “As a mother, I am proud to see the bill make its way to the Senate.”

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Representative Karen Boback
117th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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