- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to sign legislation that would expand the list of disorders for which newborns will be screened at Pennsylvania’s hospitals.

Corbett’s office said Thursday that he will sign the bill, nicknamed “Hannah’s Law.” The bill passed the Senate unanimously on Wednesday, after the House passed it unanimously in January.

Under the bill, hospitals would now be required to screen newborns for Krabbe disease, an inherited degenerative disorder of the central and peripheral nervous systems, and five other lysosomal storage disorders. Those include Fabry, Pompe, Niemann-Pick, Gaucher and Hurler Syndrome.

Hospitals in Pennsylvania are already required to screen for phenylketonuria, maple syrup urine disease, sickle-cell disease, galactosemia, congenital adrenal hyperplasia and primary congenital hypothyroidism.

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