March Of Dimes Discuss Issues With Legislators

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- A group focuses on healthy babies "marched" to the statehouse today.

"March of Dimes" staff and volunteers met with legislators to advocate for newborn screening and Medicaid expansion.

They are specifically asking for pulse oxygen screening to detect babies born with heart defects. They also want to provide an opportunity for low income pregnant women to better access health care.

"To improve the health of babies and children that's the main focus of the March of Dimes. And so through per-conceptional care and good health care during pregnancy we hope to bring down the rates of prematurity and the rates of of complications," said volunteer, Dr. Sue Hall.

By talking with elected Kansas officials, the march of dimes hopes to further its mission to improve the health of babies.