Times are tight in New York.
The new state budget provides $180,000 for the statewide awareness campaign that was part of Cynthia's Law...
While it's good news that some money is still appropriated, the initial proposal was $360,000. Now, it's roughly 75 cents per birth in NY State.
Hawaii just reported that the average cost of hospitalization for an infant who survives SBS is $80,000. Scheider Hospital just reported 6 SBS cases within the last six months: if the cost is comparable, that's $480,000 - just on Long Island.
One wonders why we count out pennies for prevention while spending thousands of dollars on the consequences.
Link to Hawaii DOH report to the Legislature on implementation of SBS program.