Title: 'EAR Foundation of Arizona Newborn Screening Vouchers'
Track: 1 - EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): Screening, Refusals, Vouchers, Uninsured, Underinsured
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify an approach to ensuring all infants are screened regardless of insurance status
  2. Explain the characteristics of those families who benefit from the program


The EAR Foundation of Arizona (EFAz) is a not for profit organization that works closely with the Arizona Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program. The EFAz HEAR for Kids program has worked with community audiologists to ensure that families have access to loaner hearing aids, permanent aids and vouchers to pay for hearing assessment for families in financial need. Recently, the EFAz expanded the HEAR for Kids program to provide vouchers for newborn hearing screening in partnership with a company that provides outsourced screening for hospitals. Grants and fundraising provides payment for screening for low income families that either do not have insurance or have a high deductible plan. Data will be presented that shows the income and insurance characteristics of the population using the vouchers and the impact on families choosing to refuse the screening. This presentation will demonstrate the impact of a minimal investment in addressing a growing issue.
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Lylis Olsen - POC,Primary Presenter
EAR Foundation
     Credentials: MS, MPH
     Other Affiliations: AzEHDI Coordinator
      Lylis Olsen is the State EHDI Coordinator in Arizona. She is a pediatric audiologist with 25 years of experience. She also has a Master's in Public Health and has 21 years experience in state newborn hearing screening programs. She works for the EAR Foundation of Arizona and also manages the HEAR for Kids program.

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Melissa Selbst - Co-Presenter
EAR Foundation of Arizona
     Credentials: Melissa Selbst, MPH, CHES Executive Director www.earfoundationaz.com
      Executive Director, 2006-present EAR Foundation of Arizona Staff and volunteer management, Fundraising, Community Relations, Board Management and Development Financial Management, Program Management Professional Education and Training Director of Program Services and Public Affairs, 1996 – 2006 March of Dimes Arizona Chapter, Phoenix, Arizona Program management and oversight for public health education, professional health education, advocacy and grants management for the Arizona Chapter.

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