EDHI Bill Passes U.S. House of Representatives by Voice Vote
On their first day back in Washington, DC, following the August recess, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by voice vote, H.R. 1334, a bill to reauthorize the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act (EDHI). H.R. 1334 is sponsored by Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Lois Capps (D-CA), who have been strong advocates for the EDHI programs. EDHI provides federal funds for state grants to develop early hearing screening and intervention programs, and was first authorized in 2000. The law has been expanded over time to cover all newborns, coordinated intervention, rehabilitation services, and research. H.R. 1334 authorizes the EDHI programs for an additional five years and broadens the law even further to include young children.
The EDHI bill must next pass the U.S. Senate.