Newborn Hearing Screening Reauthorized
On October 18, the president signed into law the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2017 (P.L. 115-71), which reauthorizes the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) program through fiscal year (FY) 2022, and expands the program to include young children. It also reauthorizes funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to make grants and provide technical assistance to states to support screening and surveillance activities.
This Issue Brief provides a summary of the law.