November 21, 2006 — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is proposing changes to rules affecting the screening of all newborn infants in the state for an array of congenital and inherited diseases that can often be life-threatening or debilitating. The changes would bring the rules up-to-date with recent changes in newborn screening laws made by the Legislature and with changes in the screening process as a result of scientific and technological advances. They also would further clarify the roles of MDH, hospitals and health care providers.
The department published its notice of intent to adopt changes in the newborn screening rules in the Nov. 20, 2006 State Register. The public has until Friday, Dec. 29, 2006 to comment on the proposed changes. If MDH receives 25 or more requests for a hearing, a public hearing on the proposed rules will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007 at 9 a.m. in the Freeman Building of the Minnesota Department of Health, 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, Minnesota 55155.