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Hagan March of Dimes bill passes Senate

Sen. Kay Hagan's March of Dimes Commemorative Coin of Act of 2011 passed the Senate this week, in a program designed to push for research against birth defects.

Hagan, a Democrat, co-sponsored the bill with Republican Susan Collins of Maine, that will mint coins in recognition and celebration of the March of Dimes 75th anniversary. Proceeds will be used to raise awareness among health professionals and the public and find the causes of prematurity.

“Although progress has been made over past several decades on reducing and preventing birth defects and prematurity, we need organizations, such as the March of Dimes to continue to push for more research, more innovation, and more prevention efforts,” Hagan said in a statement.

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