ASHA Applauds Senate Appropriators for Funding EHDI Programs

June 29, 2018

Senate appropriators passed a spending bill that includes funding for early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) programs. The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2017 (S.652/H.R. 1539) reauthorized funding through 2022, but funding for the programs was not determined. Both the House and Senate have allocated $10,760,000 towards EHDI programs. ASHA expects the appropriations bills to be signed into law. Earlier this week, ASHA submitted a letter to the Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, and Education [PDF] calling for their support to fund this important program.

Background

EHDI is one of the nation’s most important public health programs, offering early hearing screening and interventions to all newborns, infants, and young children in every state. When the Child Health Act of 2000—which established state-based universal newborn hearing screening programs—was passed, only 40% of newborns were being screened. With today’s programs, approximately 97% of newborns receive an audiologic screening totaling 4 million infants and children in the year 2013 alone.

Questions?

Please contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA’s director of federal and political affairs, at ilusis@asha.org

 


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