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ACI Alliance submits comments on Early Intervention program

01/11/2019

ACI Alliance submitted comments on the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program emphasizing the need for professionals to provide complete and accurate information on options and to support Parent Choice.

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Early Intervention Act Signed Into Law

10/19/2017

American Cochlear Implant Alliance is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, October 18, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act (S. 652) was signed into law by President Trump. The bill had earlier passed the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The EHDI Act is bipartisan legislation that will help ensure continued funding and support for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing loss in newborns, infants, and young children. The full text of the legislation can be found HERE.

ACI Alliance strongly supported this legislation and worked closely with the bill’s champions in the House (Representatives Brett Guthrie, R-KY and Doris Matsui, D-CA) and in the Senate (Senators Rob Portman, R-OH and Tim Kaine, D-VA) to advance the bill through Congress. ACI Alliance worked on language that was incorporated into the legislation emphasizing the importance of parents receiving accurate and comprehensive information about the hearing technology and communication options available to their child. The bill expands EHDI-related grants to include children younger than three, in addition to newborns and infants.

ACI Alliance will be tracking the impact of the law on access to cochlear implants and how parents and children are informed of their technology and communication options. Cochlear implant centers and other clinics for young children will be instrumental in gathering important data around access to care. Members are advised that ACI Alliance will be providing resources regarding this data collection in the future.

ACI Alliance thanks our bill champions in Congress as well as our coalition partners, members, and advocates for their work to pass this needed legislation.

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