EHDI Bill Passes the Senate
Upon returning from the August congressional recess, the U.S. Senate passed S. 652, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act, via unanimous consent. This bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), reauthorizes funding for important EHDI programs over the next five years. Since this program was first approved in 2000, there has been a significant increase the number of newborns who were screened for hearing loss from just 44 percent to over 97 percent. The Academy’s focus will now turn to the House of Representatives to pass companion legislation (H.R. 1539) so that critical funding for EHDI programs can be maintained.
Contact your Senators today and thank them for passing this important legislation!