EARLY HEARING DETECTION AND INTERVENTION ACT OF 2009 -- (House of Representatives - March 30, 2009)
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Mr. SCALISE. I want to thank the Speaker and the gentleman from Nebraska.
I rise in support of H.R. 1246, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2009. This legislation was introduced by Representative Lois Capps and was passed by the House last Congress. The bill reforms the Public Health Service Act and reauthorizes the newborns and infants hearing loss program.
Not only does the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act reach out to cover more children, but it also provides the Secretary of Health and Human Services the ability to assist in recruitment, retention, education, and training of qualified personal and health care providers. These qualified health care providers will provide children, who have been identified with hearing loss through screening and detection, with adequate follow-up care.
In an effort to foster research and development in the area of early hearing detection and intervention, H.R. 1246 requires the director of the National Institutes of Health to establish a post-doctoral fellowship program. This program is intended to provide more information on how to better the lives of children through early intervention.
I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 1246.
I reserve the balance of my time.