State Lawmaker To Continue Push For Mandatory Lead Testing For Youngest In PA

A state lawmaker plans to reintroduce a bill to require testing for lead for the youngest Pennsylvanians.
The bill calls for universal testing for lead exposure in expectant mothers as well as children up to age 2. Health insurers would be required to cover the testing. State Senator Lisa Baker, who chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, says required health screenings for newborns and infants currently do not include exposure to lead. Baker's bill made it out of committee in the last session, but never made it to a final vote in the full Senate.