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.
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.
contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA’s director of federal and political affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.