H. R. 666
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 11, 2011
Mr. Cohen (for himself, Mr. Conyers, and Mr. Butterfield) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To amend the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Center for Health Statistics, to allocate such sums as may be necessary for the collection of statistics from the most recent versions of the Standard Certificates of Live Birth and Death and the Standard Report of Fetal Death.
This Act may be cited as the
Birth Certificate Enhancement Act of
Collection of statistics from enhanced birth certificates
Subsection (n) of section 306 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242k) is amended by adding at the end the following:
Of the amount appropriated for the Center each fiscal year, the Secretary, acting through the Center, shall provide such funds as may be necessary to support States in implementing the most recent versions of the Standard Certificates of Live Birth and Death and the Standard Report of Fetal Death and purchasing data from these vital records. In carrying out the preceding sentence, the Secretary shall give priority to collecting statistics on infant mortality.