SB 585 Hearing Impairment Identification and Monitoring System.
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Virginia Hearing Impairment Identification and Monitoring System. Clarifies the requirements of the infant hearing impairment identification system. The bill requires all infants born in hospitals to be given hearing screenings by July 1, 1999. Newborns are to be tested and all infants born outside hospitals are to be offered screenings by July 1, 2000. Present law authorizes reporting of information to parents and physicians; this bill requires the Commissioner to contact the parents of children, their physicians and the local early intervention program. Board regulations will require anyone making a determination that an infant is at risk for hearing impairment or has failed a hearing screening or has not been tested to notify the parent or guardian of the child, the primary care physician, and the Commissioner of Health. This bill also requires the appointment of an advisory committee (currently, the Commissioner of Health has the discretion to appoint this committee), adds revision of the system to its responsibilities, and requires its membership to include a representative of the health insurance industry; at least one pediatrician or family practitioner, one otolaryngologist, and one neonatologist; nurses representing newborn nurseries; audiologists; hearing aid dealers and fitters; teachers of the deaf and hard-of-hearing; parents of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing; and adults who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. No testing will be performed if the parents of the infant object because of bona fide religious convictions. Recent studies indicate that 1.5 to 6 per 1,000 infants experience hearing loss (American Academy of Pediatrics). Young children with hearing loss who are not treated early suffer significant language development delays. Many of these children require intensive therapy and yet may never develop age-appropriate language skills. This bill is identical to Senate Bill 591 and House Bill 916.

Full text:
01/26/98  Senate: Presented & ordered printed 986308657  pdf
02/16/98  Senate: Printed as engrossed 986308657-E  pdf
03/24/98  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB585ER)  pdf
04/22/98  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0505)  pdf

House amendments
House amendments engrossed
Senate amendments

01/26/98  Senate: Presented & ordered printed 986308657
01/26/98  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/03/98  Senate: Assigned to Ed. & Health sub-committee: Health Care
02/12/98  Senate: Reported from Ed. & H. with amendment (15-Y 0-N)
02/13/98  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
02/13/98  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (37-Y 0-N)
02/16/98  Senate: Read second time
02/16/98  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/16/98  Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
02/16/98  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/16/98  Senate: Printed as engrossed 986308657-E
02/16/98  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/16/98  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (40-Y 0-N)
02/16/98  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/16/98  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE R (40-Y 0-N)
02/16/98  Senate: Communicated to House
02/18/98  House: Placed on Calendar
02/19/98  House: Read first time
02/19/98  House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/20/98  House: Assigned to H. W. I. sub-committee: 1
03/03/98  House: Reported from H. W. I. w/amendments (22-Y 0-N)
03/04/98  House: Read second time
03/05/98  House: Passed by for the day
03/06/98  House: Read third time
03/06/98  House: Committee amendments agreed to
03/06/98  House: Engrossed by House as amended
03/06/98  House: Passed House with amendments (97-Y 0-N)
03/06/98  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
03/10/98  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
03/10/98  Senate: House amendments agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/10/98  Senate: VOTE: CONCUR HOUSE AMENDMENTS R (40-Y 0-N)
03/24/98  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB585ER)
03/30/98  Senate: Enrolled
03/30/98  House: Signed by Speaker
03/31/98  Senate: Signed by President
04/15/98  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 505 (effective 7/1/98)
04/22/98  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0505)