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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2550         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2103

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Aaron Vega

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to folic acid awareness and birth defects prevention.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex

Cynthia S. Creem

First Middlesex and Norfolk

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Jason Lewis

 

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2550        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2103

By Mr.  Vega of Holyoke, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2103) of Aaron Vega and others relative to creating a folic acid awareness and birth defects prevention program within the Department of Public Health.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to folic acid awareness and birth defects prevention.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1. Chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 224 the following new section: -

              Section 225. In efforts to increase public awareness of and education on the importance of folic acid to patients, families and health care providers, the department of public health shall administer a folic acid awareness initiative. Said department as part of the initiative shall consider efforts to ensure that women receive the following daily recommended dosage levels of folic acid to prevent neural tube defects: 400 micrograms (mcg) for women of childbearing age; and 600 mcg for women during pregnancy. Said department shall also consult with statewide maternal and child health organizations and various state programs, including but not limited to MassHealth, to promote folic acid awareness.

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