By: Wendy Ray
Last month on Heartland Health, we told you about a Heartland mom's push for expanded newborn screenings, something that could have saved her a lot of heartache.
Sam Grossman with Neo-Gen Screenings says, "That law essentially required for Missouri to require more newborn screenings for every newborn infant." But that law, passed and signed by Missouri Governor Bob Holden has not gone into effect yet, because of budget crunches and no funding. "The state of Missouri currently screens for five of these metabolic disorders, our lab screens for 30 disorders," Grossman says.
Neo-Gen screens for more than 40 disorders, the screening costs 25 dollars. Grossman is optimistic his trip to the Heartland will lead to more newborn testing. "Things are picking up," he says. "We have every intention to work with interested parents to make sure it happens."