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We Did It! Passionate PA Advocates Help Newborn Pulse Ox Bill Cross the Finish Line

by Melissa B. on Sunday, July 13, 2014

In Pennsylvania, an April "Pulse Ox" Advocacy Day, with dozens of advocates in attendance, proved successful in getting HB 1420, which had been passed by House many months earlier, moving in the Senate. And, when the bill passed the Senate but got caught up in an unrelated political battle in the House just before the Legislature was to recess for the summer, Government Relations Director, Jennifer Ebersole, reached out to advocates on a Saturday afternoon. These outstanding You're the Cure volunteers made certain legislators heard their voices throughout the remainder of the weekend, getting the bill on the agenda by Monday morning and through its final step in the House by Monday evening.

As Jen puts it, "I can say with extreme certainty that the reason this happened was because of the overwhelming outpouring of phone calls that House Leadership received." We can’t thank our PA advocates enough for their perseverance in ensuring all babies born in the Commonwealth will now receive pulse oximetry screening to help detect congenital heart defects.

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  • I can't say how thrilled I am to have been able to be a part of this achievement! I sent emails to the legislators and to the Governor because I'm still not cleared to drive yet, so I wasn't able to make any in-person appearances. I can't express the excitement I felt when I received the email stating that the bill had passed. The first thing I did was post about it in my blog. Kudos to all the volunteers, advocates, and activists who made this all happen! So proud to be a part of this. Eva

    — Eva S.

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