Rep. Molinaro Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Families Navigate Down Syndrome Diagnosis & Provide High Quality Care
Washington, November 13, 2023
Washington, D.C - Rep. Marc Molinaro (R-NY-19) today introduced the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Act, a bipartisan bill to help parents and families navigate a new Down Syndrome diagnosis and ensure their child receives high quality care. This bill builds on Rep. Molinaro’s successful ‘ThinkDIFFERENTLY’ initiative. Rep. Molinaro introduced this bipartisan bill with Rep. Nikki Budzinski (D-IL-13).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal disorder in the United States, impacting about 6,000 babies every year. Despite Down Syndrome remaining as the common chromosomal condition diagnosed in the United States, parents and caretakers are often forced to figure out treatment on their own, and frequently don’t have guidance on the potential cost of these medical expenses.
Rep. Molinaro’s bill will require health insurers to provide a variety of available health care coverage options as well as information on local support providers once they become aware of a Down Syndrome diagnosis.
Rep. Molinaro said, “Between navigating treatment options and figuring out how you’re going to pay for it, receiving a new diagnosis for your child is scary. No family should have to figure all this out on their own. My bipartisan bill, the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Act will require health insurers to provide families with the information they need to navigate a Down Syndrome diagnosis and ensure their child receives the highest quality of care.”
Cyrus Huncharek, Director of Policy and Advocacy for National Down Syndrome Congress said, “Despite being the most common chromosomal condition, families still receive limited or incorrect information and resources about their new baby with Down syndrome. The Down Syndrome Diagnosis Act will address this issue by ensuring that insurance plans provide up-to-date, evidence-based, and culturally and linguistically appropriate resources about Down syndrome to families. The National Down Syndrome Congress has long believed that information is power, and this bill will empower families to make decisions that are in the best interest of their loved one with Down syndrome.”