HARRISBURG – Children born in PA would be comprehensively screened for all recommended disorders so that newborns may receive prompt treatment and prevent instances of permanent disability or even death under a state Senate passed bill. Currently, the Department of Health administers the newborn screening program and maintains a short list of mandatory screenings and a longer list of optional ones whereby some hospitals choose to screen for the full panel while others do not. Senate Bill 983 ensures health providers screen every child equally for every disorder recommended by the federal government and the PA Newborn Screening and Technical Advisory Board. It also empowers the advisory board to add any clinically recommended disorders for screening in the future without being subject to limitations in the Department of Health’s annual budget. The bill now goes to the state House.