Alaska Statutes.
Title 47. Welfare, Social Services and Institutions
Chapter 20. Special Services For Certain Children
Section 390. Definitions.
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AS 47.20.390. Definitions.

In AS 47.20.300 - 47.20.390,

(1) "commissioner" means the commissioner of health and social services;

(2) "department" means the Department of Health and Social Services;

(3) "follow-up care" means all of the following:

(A) services necessary to diagnose and confirm a hearing loss;

(B) ongoing audiological services to monitor hearing;

(C) communication services, including aural rehabilitation, speech, language, social, and psychological services;

(D) support services for the infant and family; and

(E) early intervention services described in 20 U.S.C. 1431 - 1445 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), as amended;

(4) "health care insurer" means an entity regulated by the director of insurance, Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, and includes a health, hospital, or medical service plan corporation, and a health maintenance organization;

(5) "hearing loss" means a hearing loss of 40 decibels or greater in the frequency region important for speech recognition and comprehension in one or both ears, approximately 500 through 4000 Hz;

(6) "hearing screening" means automated auditory brain stem response, otoacoustic emissions, or other appropriate screening procedure approved by the department;

(7) "infant" means a child 30 days to 24 months old;

(8) "newborn" means a child less than 30 days old;

(9) "parent" means a natural parent, stepparent, adoptive parent, legal guardian, or other legal custodian of the child;

(10) "program" means the newborn and infant hearing, tracking, and intervention screening program established under AS 47.20.310 - 47.20.390.

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