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Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato Praises the Passage of a Bill to Improve Access to Hearing Aids

Posted on October 21, 2019 by admin


State Representative Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77), Ranking Member of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee, worked with members on both sides of the aisle to secure passage of House Bill 5213, An Act Expanding Required Health Insurance Coverage For Hearing Aids, which expands health insurance coverage to those who are in need of hearing aids by eliminating the age restriction that was previously in place.

“I am pleased to see this hearing aid bill signed into law, and I thank my Democrat colleagues, the Insurance Committee Chairman Sean Scanlon, and all parties involved who worked diligently on this bill to see that this important initiative came to fruition,” Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato said. “Ultimately, all of the negative repercussions of unmitigated hearing loss do not outweigh the cost of what it will take insurance companies to cover the purchase of hearing aids, and I believe this bill ensures that Connecticut residents have access to quality health care.”

Prior law required policies to cover hearing aids for children 12 years of age and younger, House Bill 5213 expands upon that coverage to include children and individuals over the age of 12.

The House and Senate initially approved the bill unanimously during the 2019 legislative session, it was signed into law by Governor Ned Lamont on July 1, 2019, and will go into effect on January 1, 2020.