Increased federal funding is necessary to ensure that Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) initiatives are fully operational and successful by properly linking newborn hearing screening programs with diagnosis and early intervention in a timely manner.
Congress must reauthorize the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act before its current authorization expires at the end of fiscal year (FY) 2022.
ASHA supports increased authorization levels for multiple agencies that fund EHDI, including the Centers for Disease Control and the Health Resources and Services Administration, above what was enacted in FY 2022 to ensure that state-based EHDI programs can meet current program requirements and provide timely access to hearing screening, diagnosis, and follow-up early intervention services.
ASHA also supports language in the House and Senate reauthorization bills (H.R. 5561/S. 4052) requiring a Government Accountability Office study examining efforts to address disparities in connecting children who are deaf or hard of hearing to critical early intervention services.
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