STATEHOUSE – State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) supports House Bill (HB) 1004, which creates the Safety P.I.N. (Protecting Indiana’s Newborns) grant program to combat infant mortality in Indiana. One of the priorities of the House Republicans legislative agenda is to address public safety concerns, including infant mortality. HB 1004 passed unanimously out of the Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee today. Rep. Smith serves as a member of that committee.
“The infant mortality rate in Indiana is disheartening and I was proud to see this legislation pass through the Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee,” said Rep. Smith. “This legislation creates a unique way to combat the issue of infant mortality by incentivizing private entities to create, research and develop solutions to this issue.”
The Safety P.I.N. grant program requires applying groups to provide in their proposals the targeted area, the amount they plan to reduce the infant mortality rate and the timeframe in which they will achieve their goal. Applying organizations should incentivize at-risk pregnant women to obtain prenatal care, decrease smoking rates among pregnant women or address other important factors with a significant impact on Indiana’s infant mortality rate within their proposals.
“Families all across the state will reap the positive outcomes of this legislation,” said Rep. Smith. “HB 1004 is a necessary action in changing the devastating statistics of infant mortality rates for the state of Indiana.”
Nearly one-third of pregnant women do not receive prenatal care and over 60 percent of infant deaths can be attributed to mothers that received fewer than 10 prenatal visits. Additionally, more than 16 percent of Indiana mothers smoked at some point during their pregnancy.
This bill will now go to the full House for further discussion and debate.