EHDI Legislation Introduced in Senate A bill that would authorize funding for early hearing loss detection and intervention (EHDI) activities for fiscal years 2010 through 2015 was introduced into the U.S. Senate on April 14. Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced S. 3199, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act of ... Policy Analysis
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Policy Analysis  |   May 01, 2010
EHDI Legislation Introduced in Senate
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  • Ingrida Lusis, director of federal and political advocacy, can be reached at ilusis@asha.org.
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Policy Analysis   |   May 01, 2010
EHDI Legislation Introduced in Senate
The ASHA Leader, May 2010, Vol. 15, 1-2. doi:10.1044/leader.PA.15062010.1
The ASHA Leader, May 2010, Vol. 15, 1-2. doi:10.1044/leader.PA.15062010.1
A bill that would authorize funding for early hearing loss detection and intervention (EHDI) activities for fiscal years 2010 through 2015 was introduced into the U.S. Senate on April 14.
Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced S. 3199, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act of 2010, a bipartisan bill that supports the development of efficient models to ensure that newborns who are identified with hearing loss through screening receive follow-up by qualified health care providers.
EHDI grants were first authorized in the Newborn Infant Hearing Screening and Intervention Act of 1999. Since the law was enacted, the number of infants in the United States screened for hearing loss within the first month of life increased from 40% in 2000 to 95% today.
The new legislation aims to build on the success of early EHDI initiatives by emphasizing programs to ensure that newborns with hearing loss receive timely and appropriate services. About half of the infants identified with hearing loss through screening do not receive follow-up care. An estimated one-third of the babies who do receive follow-up care do not receive diagnostic evaluations by the recommended age of 3 months; more than half of the infants diagnosed with hearing loss are not enrolled in early intervention programs by the recommended age of 6 months. Continued federal funding is necessary to ensure that state EHDI programs become fully operational and successful and properly link screening programs with diagnosis and early intervention.
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The House passed its version of EHDI, H.R. 1246, in 2009. The Senate must pass the legislation before it can become law. Cosponsors are needed to show support for S. 3199, so that it can move forward in the legislative process. ASHA members are urged to contact their senators to request that they co-sponsor S. 3199. A few mouse clicks are all it takes—go to ASHA’s advocacy Web site.
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