Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly plans to stop by the Kansas Statehouse next week, to celebrate expanded medical screenings of newborns. Kelly spent nearly a dozen seasons at the helm of the Buffalo Bills. But his most important accomplishment may be setting up a foundation in 1997, to push for universal medical screenings of newborn babies. That was after his son was born with a rare, inherited disease of the nervous system.
Kelly will join Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for a news conference at 1:30pm Tuesday in her Statehouse office. Last year, lawmakers joined Sebelius in enacting a law increasing the number of disorders from 4.. to 29.. for which health care providers are supposed to screen newborns. The expanded screening will begin July 1st.