For the past 1 1/2 years, American Cochlear Implant Alliance has collaborated with other organizations in the field to reauthorize the highly successful EHDI legislation that has served to dramatically improve the timely identification of young children with hearing loss in our country. ACI Alliance worked on language that was incorporated into the proposed legislation that emphasizes the importance of parent information so that families can make informed early choices about technology and communication options. Our membership visited with legislative offices in October 2015 to emphasize the importance of the legislation.
At this writing, the Senate had still not passed a bill. The House bill was passed last year. If a bill is not passed by Thursday of this week, it is highly likely that there will be no legislation passed before the holiday recess and the process will need to begin again next year. This is risky both because we know the focus will be on other aspects of healthcare and also we could lose the excellent language that now exists in the House bill.
We are urging our members to make phone calls today to two Senators who have the power to move this forward. Please review the recommended calling instructions HERE (https://acialliance.site-ym.com/page/ReauthorizeEHDI) and take action ASAP. Thank you very much for your interest and support.