Health insurance; mandated coverage for hearing aids for minors. (HB237)

Introduced By

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance; mandated coverage for hearing aids for minors. Requires health insurers, health maintenance organizations, and corporations providing health care coverage subscription contracts to provide coverage for hearing aids and related services for children from birth to age 18 when a licensed audiologist prescribes such hearing aids and related services. The coverage shall include one hearing aid per hearing-impaired ear, up to a cost of $1,500, every 24 months. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/28/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 081080472
12/28/2007Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/21/2008Impact statement from SCC (HB237)
01/22/2008Passed by in Commerce and Labor with letter


Alison Hymes writes:

It is way past time for this yearly introduced bill to pass the legislature. What part of the importance of hearing for children who are learning to talk doesn't the legislature understand? Is hearing a luxury item only for the well off? For our children?

Star Womanspirit writes:

Another example of why we need to eliminate insurance companies from our health system...they are NOT oriented to quality treatment and never will be.

Besides...shouldn't adults be able to hear also? Definitely children...but seems to me if someone needs a hearing aid they need a hearing aid...