Health insurers may soon be required to cover hearing aids and cochlear implants for individuals under 21 years of age thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Vince Polistina and approved today by the New Jersey Senate.
Sen. Vince Polistina and Maria Maione, the constituent who inspired S-2535, vote “YES” to require health insurers to cover hearing aids and cochlear implants for individuals under 21 years of age during a Senate session on March 20, 2023 (SenateNJ.com)
“Hearing aids and cochlear implants are critical in treating hearing loss and are especially important during the formative years when young people are developing the skills to effectively communicate,” said Polistina (R-2). “My legislation will make sure that insurance companies provide the necessary benefits and coverage for these devices so that everyone under 21 can reach their full development and potential.”
Polistina’s bill, S-2535, amends “Grace’s Law,” S-467, which was named in honor of Grace Gleba, who advocated for hearing-impaired children. “Grace’s Law” requires all health insurers in the State to provide coverage for medically-necessary hearing aids for children 15 years of age and younger.
S-2535 would expand the coverage of hearing aids to individuals 21 years of age and younger and require coverage for cochlear implants.
Polistina’s legislation was inspired by two constituents, Francesco Maione and his sister Maria, both of whom have cochlear implants.
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