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GOP lawmakers push maternal, infant health plans

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Posted at 9:06 PM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 23:06:13-05

PHOENIX (AP) — A series of proposals from two Republican senators would boost funding for programs designed to increase care for new mothers and infants.

The proposals announced Tuesday by Sens. Kate Brophy McGee and Heather Carter include providing dental care to pregnant women on the state's Medicaid program and adding tests for two potentially fatal disorders to those already included in newborn screenings.

Taken together, the proposals would cost about $18 million a year.

Carter argues that healthier moms and babies could actually save money.

The proposals are backed by the March of Dimes.