• The general assembly finds and declares the following:
    • (1) That hearing loss occurs in newborns more frequently than any other health condition for which newborn screening is currently required;

    • (2) That early detection of hearing loss, early intervention, and early follow-up have been demonstrated to be highly effective in encouraging development of a child’s health and communication and cognitive skills; and

    • (3) That early screening and intervention will serve the public purposes of promoting healthy development of children and reducing public expenditures for health care, special education and related services.