Aidan’s Law (S. 2641 & H.R. 4692) are companion bills which will require (and fund) ALD screening in all 50 U.S. states. The bills were introduced to the U.S. congress in March 2016. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, D-NY, and U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke, D-NY, are sponsors of the Senate and House bills, respectively. Co-sponsors of the Senate bill include: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY; Senator Michael Bennet, D-Colo; Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland and Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-CT. Representative Ellot Engel, D-NY and Rep. Antonio Cárdenas, D-CA are co-sponsors of the House bill.
The bills, when passed by each chamber of congress, will be joined as a reconciled bill – and sent to the President of the United States for signing into law.
Currently, newborn disease and disorder screening is a state-by-state matter, legally. A state version of Aidan's Law was passed in New York in 2012; to date New York and Connecticut are the only U.S. states screening newborns for ALD. The federal Aidan's Law, when passed, will override this state-by-state patchwork of ALD screening policies. All 399 million annual American newborns will, by U.S. law, be tested for ALD.