(NASHVILLE, TN), April 26, 2011 — Legislation requiring private insurance plans to include coverage of hearing aids for children was approved by the Senate Finance Committee today. The bill, sponsored by Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) and Representative Richard Montgomery (R-Sevierville), requires that certain health insurance policies provide coverage of up to $1,000 per individual hearing aid per ear, every three years, for every child covered as a dependent by the policy holder.
“Hearing loss affects many children in Tennessee, impairing their ability to process information in school and at home,” said Senator Overbey. “This bill will provide some help for struggling families with the expense of getting these children hearing devices.”
Approval by the House Finance Committee is the last step before the bill is placed on the Senate floor calendar for a final vote. The bill has already passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 82 to 12.
“These are hard economic times for many Tennessee families,” added Overbey. “Insurance coverage for hearing devices is very important to help make them affordable so these children grow and learn. I am very pleased this bill has passed this key committee.”