COLUMBUS — State Senator Scott Oelslager today announced the Ohio Senate voted to approve legislation that aims to provide earlier diagnosis and prevention of congenital heart defects in newborns. Oelslager jointly sponsored Senate Bill 4 with Senator Gayle Manning (R- North Ridgeville).
Senate Bill 4 requires all infants born in an Ohio hospital or birthing center to undergo a pulse oximetry screening prior to being discharged. This non-invasive test estimates the percentage of hemoglobin in blood that is saturated with oxygen, and is an effective method for detecting heart defects that could go undetected by current screening methods. Congenital heart defects are the leading birth defect in the United States, and the number one killer of infants with birth defects.
“Using a pulse oximetry test to help identify potential heart defects is a simple and painless procedure, but one that could make a profound difference in the lives of Ohio children,” Oelslager said. “Detecting heart defects early means a greater chance of survival, and using this screening tool will help us identify those children who may need intervention that may otherwise appear healthy.”
Senate Bill 4 now moves to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.
State Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) today applauded the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) on their recent announcement of a proposed one-time rebate of approximately $1 billion to Ohio's private employers and public-taxing districts. This will be the third such rebate in the last four years.
“The updates included in this proposal would improve internal function within our state’s financial institutions, while improving how banks are able to interact with their customers,” said Senator Oelslager. “I was happy to work with Senator Coley and other interested parties over several months to craft a bill that will bring this area of Ohio’s code into the 21st century.”
“I am so pleased to be able to support Ohio’s Sales Tax Holiday,” said Oelslager. “Back-to-school shopping season can be a costly time for families. This legislation aims to ease the burden on working families, while encouraging increased sales at local businesses.”