The President signed the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2019 (H.R. 6157), into law that includes funding for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and related special education services for fiscal year 2019.
Last year, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2017 was signed into law and reauthorized the program for another five years. The spending bill provides $10,760,000 to fund EHDI programs. EHDI is a vital public health program that offers early hearing screening and intervention to all newborns, infants, and young children nationwide. The bill also provides level funding of $17,818,000 for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program, which supports state-based EHDI systems.
Funding for IDEA programs and related special education services was also included in the bill. Total federal funding for special education programs is $13,468,728,000, an increase of $102,544,000.
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