Before a bill is voted on, it is usually referred to a committee of some sort. To see the overview of how a bill becomes a law, visit this page. Legislation involving heath care is often sent to a health-related community- i.e. Health and Human Services. At the committee hearing, the bill is discussed by the members of the committee and the public is allowed to comment on the bill. Often, this is where opposition and support to the legislation are identified. In some cases, testimony is submitted in written form, and may or may not be read into record. All testimony is recorded and becomes a part of the legislation’s public record.
Should a pulse oximetry screening bill be introduced in your state, consider testifying to show support. You can use the information below as a guide, and also reach out to other CHD representatives that testified for pulse oximetry bills in other states. (Email [email protected] for contact information)
Below are three examples of testimony, including the American Heart Association testimony submitted in New Jersey. Also included is New Jersey Assemblyman O’Donnell’s testimony to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children in Washington, D.C.
Parent Testimony in Tennessee (Video)