- EnactedDecember 22nd, 2010The President signed this bill into law
- The house Passed December 15th, 2010Passed by Voice Vote
- The senate Passed December 7th, 2010Passed by Voice Vote
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsIntroducedApril 14th, 2010
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Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2010
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act regarding early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing loss.
(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the Senate on December 6, 2010. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2010 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to expand the newborns and infants hearing loss program to include diagnostic services among the services provided. Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to assist in the recruitment, retention, education, and training of qualified personnel and health care providers. Includes within the purposes of such program: (1) prompt evaluation and diagnosis of children referred from screening programs; (2) appropriate education, audiological, and medical interventions for children identified with hearing loss; and (3) other activities, which may include developing efficient models to ensure that newborns and infants who are identified with a hearing loss through screening receive follow-up by a qualified health care provider. Amends the definition of "early intervention" to require that families be given the opportunity to obtain the full range of appropriate early intervention services, educational and program placements, and other options for their child from highly qualified providers. Authorizes appropriations for FY2011-FY2015 for hearing screening programs and research.