from the EHDI database.
Legislation mandating newborn hearing screening was signed by Alaska’s Governor in June 2006 with an effective date of January 1, 2008. The statute was developed based on the AAP model legislation. The statute requires all newborns to have a hearing screening performed by one month of age. Regulations outlining the required elements of the statute have been finalized and are waiting for signature by the Lt. Governor. Provisions in the statute and the regulations address screening, reporting, and connections to audiology and early intervention. All parties involved in this process (screeners, audiologists, and the State EI/ILP program) are required to report to the State either through direct entry into the database or by paper reporting to the EHDI Program. The State has worked with the database contractor (OZ Systems) to have an integrated child health profile in place by the end of 2007 that will integrate newborn hearing screening and newborn metabolic screening. Through this integration, further applications will be considered.