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HF 910

2nd Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/20/2019 12:52pm

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A bill for an act
relating to health care; extending the expiration date of the newborn hearing
screening advisory committee; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 144.966,
subdivision 2.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 144.966, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee.

(a) The commissioner
of health shall establish a Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee to advise and
assist the Department of Health and the Department of Education in:

(1) developing protocols and timelines for screening, rescreening, and diagnostic
audiological assessment and early medical, audiological, and educational intervention
services for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing;

(2) designing protocols for tracking children from birth through age three that may have
passed newborn screening but are at risk for delayed or late onset of permanent hearing

(3) designing a technical assistance program to support facilities implementing the
screening program and facilities conducting rescreening and diagnostic audiological

(4) designing implementation and evaluation of a system of follow-up and tracking; and

(5) evaluating program outcomes to increase effectiveness and efficiency and ensure
culturally appropriate services for children with a confirmed hearing loss and their families.

(b) The commissioner of health shall appoint at least one member from each of the
following groups with no less than two of the members being deaf or hard-of-hearing:

(1) a representative from a consumer organization representing culturally deaf persons;

(2) a parent with a child with hearing loss representing a parent organization;

(3) a consumer from an organization representing oral communication options;

(4) a consumer from an organization representing cued speech communication options;

(5) an audiologist who has experience in evaluation and intervention of infants and
young children;

(6) a speech-language pathologist who has experience in evaluation and intervention of
infants and young children;

(7) two primary care providers who have experience in the care of infants and young
children, one of which shall be a pediatrician;

(8) a representative from the early hearing detection intervention teams;

(9) a representative from the Department of Education resource center for the deaf and
hard-of-hearing or the representative's designee;

(10) a representative of the Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing;

(11) a representative from the Department of Human Services Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
Services Division;

(12) one or more of the Part C coordinators from the Department of Education, the
Department of Health, or the Department of Human Services or the department's designees;

(13) the Department of Health early hearing detection and intervention coordinators;

(14) two birth hospital representatives from one rural and one urban hospital;

(15) a pediatric geneticist;

(16) an otolaryngologist;

(17) a representative from the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee under this
subdivision; deleted text beginand
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(18) a representative of the Department of Education regional low-incidence facilitatorsdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin;
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new text begin (19) a representative from the deaf mentor program; and
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new text begin (20) a representative of the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf from the Minnesota
State Academies staff.
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The commissioner must complete the new text begininitialnew text end appointments required under this subdivision
by September 1, 2007new text begin, and the initial appointments under clauses (19) and (20) by September
1, 2019
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(c) The Department of Health member shall chair the first meeting of the committee. At
the first meeting, the committee shall elect a chair from its membership. The committee
shall meet at the call of the chair, at least four times a year. The committee shall adopt
written bylaws to govern its activities. The Department of Health shall provide technical
and administrative support services as required by the committee. These services shall
include technical support from individuals qualified to administer infant hearing screening,
rescreening, and diagnostic audiological assessments.

Members of the committee shall receive no compensation for their service, but shall be
reimbursed as provided in section 15.059 for expenses incurred as a result of their duties
as members of the committee.

(d) By February 15, 2015, and by February 15 of the odd-numbered years after that date,
the commissioner shall report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative
committees with jurisdiction over health and data privacy on the activities of the committee
that have occurred during the past two years.

(e) This subdivision expires June 30, deleted text begin2019deleted text endnew text begin 2025new text end.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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