Two bills compelling health insurance companies to cover the cost of hearing aids for children in Missouri and Florida, received support from lawmakers, articles in the Missouri Times and Florida Politics reported.
The Missouri Senate approved SB 43, which would compel the state’s Medicaid plan, MO HealthNet, to provide “medically necessary hearing aids for children under 18 who receive MO HealthNet benefits beginning Jan. 1, 2022,” the Missouri Times reports, though “certain supplemental insurance policies, as determined by the director of the Department of Commerce and Insurance, would be exempt.”
In Florida, SB 1268 would require “certain individual health maintenance organization contracts to provide coverage for hearing aids for children 18 years of age or younger, under certain circumstances,” and would require a minimum coverage of $3,500 per ear over a 2-year period, effective January 1, 2022. The bill would only apply to individual coverage policies, not group or employer-sponsored plans, according to Florida Politics.
Source: Missouri Times, Florida Politics