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Relating to newborn and infant hearing screening results and the provisions of information following a screening.
According to the Legislative Budget Board, no significant fiscal impact to the state is anticipated.
HB 2255 would require programs that conduct follow-up hearing screenings on newborns to obtain a written consent from the child’s parents before providing the results of the screenings to a resource established at the Texas School for the Deaf. This bill would also require such a program to refer a newborn or infant to a program relating to early child intervention services.
Additionally, this bill would require the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to provide educational materials and information about follow-up programs and available public resources to parents upon request.
Texas Action remains neutral on HB 2255 because it does not affect our liberty principles.