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S.314: Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act

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Sponsor Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J.
Total Cosponsors 11 (All Democrats)
Introduced Feb. 13, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 13, 2013
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Bill Summary

Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act - Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to award grants for: (1) improving state comprehensive death scene investigations for sudden unexplained infant death (SUID) and sudden unexplained death in childhood (SUDC), and (2) increasing the rate of comprehensive and standardized autopsies for such deaths.

Requires the Director to: (1) develop national guidelines for a standard autopsy protocol for such deaths, and (2) commission a study on the benefits and appropriateness of genetic testing for infant and early childhood deaths that remain unexplained after investigation and autopsy.

Requires the Secretary, acting through the Director, to: (1) award grants for death scene investigation training specific for SUID and SUDC; (2) modify the national death case reporting sy...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 13, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.