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H.R.5551 – 117th Congress (2021-2022): Improving the Health of Children Act

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Introduced in House (10/12/2021)

Improving the Health of Children Act

This bill reauthorizes through FY2026 programs and activities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for researching and preventing birth defects, developmental disabilities, and other conditions.

Specifically, the bill reauthorizes the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. The center carries out activities to advance the health and well-being of vulnerable populations, including infants with birth defects, children with developmental disabilities, and individuals of all ages with disabilities or blood disorders.

In addition, the bill reauthorizes a CDC program that supports research on and raises awareness about the effects of folic acid in preventing birth defects.

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