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NCHAM: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, Utah State University

Last Modified: 06/23/2011

State EHDI/UNHS Mandates: Summary Table

This table shows only what is required by the law, which may be different from what states are doing. For example, Rhode Island has one of the best statewide tracking and reporting systems in the country, even though their law does not mention tracking and reporting.

Summary of Universal Newborn Hearing Screening
States Year Passed Full Implement-
ation by:
Requires Screening of: Advisory Committee Established? Covered Benefit of Health Insurance? Report to State DOH Provision of Educational Materials? Informed Consent by Parents? Liability Immunity? Parental Objection Exclusion? Hearing Impairment Defined?
Alaska 2006 Jan 1, 2008 All Babies Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Arizona 2007 Yes Yes Yes
Arkansas 1999 July 1, 2000 Hospitals
>50 births
Yes Medicaid Yes Yes Yes Yes
California 2006 Jan 1, 2008 All Babies Medicaid Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Colorado 1997 July 1, 1999 85% of newborns Yes Yes
Connecticut 1997 July 1, 2000 All Babies Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Delaware 2005 Oct 7, 2005 All Babies Yes Yes Yes
District of Columbia 2001 All Babies Yes Yes Yes Yes
Florida 2000 Oct 01, 2000 All Babies Yes Yes Yes
Georgia 1999 July 1, 2001 95% of newborns Yes Yes
Hawaii 1990 Not Specified All Babies Yes Yes
Illinois 1999 Dec 31, 2002 All Babies Yes Yes Yes
Indiana 1999 July 1, 2000 All Babies Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Iowa 2003 Jan 1, 2004 All Babies Yes Yes Yes
Kansas 1999 All Babies Yes
Kentucky 2000 Hospitals
>40 births
Yes Yes Yes
Louisiana 1999 July 1, 2000 All Babies Yes
Maine 1999 Nov 01, 2001 >85% Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maryland 1999 July 1, 2000 All Babies Yes Yes Yes Yes
Massachusetts 1997 Not Specified All Babies Yes Yes Yes Yes
Minnesota 2007* All Babies Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mississippi 1997 Jan 1, 1998 All Babies Yes Yes Yes Yes
Missouri 1999 Jan 1, 2002 All Babies Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Montana 2001 June 30, 2003 All Babies Yes Yes
Nebraska 2000 Dec 01, 2003 >95% Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nevada 2000 Jan 1, 2001 Hospitals
> 500
Yes Yes Yes
New Hampshire 2000
New Jersey 2000 Jan 1, 2002 All Babies Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
New Mexico 2001 All Babies
New York 1999 NotSpecified Hospitals >400 births Yes Yes
North Carolina 1999 Not Specified All Babies Yes Yes Yes
Ohio 2002 June 30, 2004 All Babies Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oklahoma 2000 All
Oregon 1999 July 1, 2000 Hospitals
>200 births
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pennsylvania 2001 July 1, 2003 85% of newborns Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rhode Island 1992 July 1, 1993 All Babies Yes Yes
South Carolina 2000 June 30, 2001 Hospitals
>100 births
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tennessee 2008 July 1, 2008 All Newborns Yes, after July 2008 Religious Tenets Yes
Texas 1999 April 1, 2001 Hospitals
>100 births
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Utah 1998 July 1, 1999 All Babies Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virginia 1998 July 1, 2000 All Babies Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
West Virginia 1998 July 1, 2000 All Babies Yes Yes Yes
Wisconsin 1999 July 1, 2003 88% of newborns Yes Yes
Wyoming 1999 July 1, 1999 All Babies Yes Yes

Date rules are to be adopted by the state. No mention is made in the law of when full implementation must occur.

Note: This table shows only what is required by the law, which may be different from what states are doing. For example, Rhode Island has one of the best statewide tracking and reporting systems in the country, even though their law does not mention tracking and reporting.