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CMV is not just another acronym - it's a disease that few people know about, but is the leading cause of developmental disabilities.  It's also a new issue for Iowa lawmakers, who have introduced three bills to bring more awareness and resources to the issue.

  • Senate File 51 is sponsored by Sen. Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale), and it is a bit different than the other two bills.  This bill does not include funding for a public health initiative, but does require the Center for Congenital and Inherited Disorders to work with state and local health agencies and others to develop materials to educate and raise awareness of cytomegalovirus.  The bill also requires newborn screening and directs health care providers to give pregnant women information about the disease, and public health agencies to give educational materials to child care providers, school nurses, and others.  The bill has passed out of subcommittee; the full Senate Human Resources Committee plans to vote the bill out of committee on Monday (February 6). Those supporting passage out of subcommittee were Sen. Jake Chapman (R-Adel), Sen. Craig Johnson (R-Independence), and Sen. Pam Jochum (D-Dubuque)

You can learn more about this issue in our next article.  If this issue is important to you - contact your legislators and the members of the House and Senate Human Resources Committees, and ask for their help to pass legislation addressing this issue.  Click here to use our Grassroots Action Center to email your legislator.