senate Bill S3379A

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires all insurance policies and medical assistance to provide coverage for medically necessary hearing aids for children under 16 years of age

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 30, 2012 print number 3379a
amend and recommit to insurance
Jan 04, 2012 referred to insurance
Feb 17, 2011 referred to insurance

Co-Sponsors

S3379 - Details

Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§3216, 3221 & 4303, Ins L; amd §2511, Pub Health L; amd §365-a, Soc Serv L

S3379 - Summary

Enacts "Isabella's law" to require all health insurance policies and medical assistance to provide insurance coverage for the cost of medically necessary hearing aids for children under the age of 16.

S3379 - Sponsor Memo

S3379 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3379

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 17, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. McDONALD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Insurance

AN ACT to amend the insurance law, the public health law and the  social
  services  law,  in  relation to requiring coverage for the purchase of
  medically necessary hearing aids for children under the age of sixteen
  years

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
"Isabella's law".
  S 2. Subsection (i) of section 3216 of the insurance law is amended by
adding a new paragraph 28 to read as follows:
  (28) (A) (I) EVERY HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY ISSUED OR DELIVERED IN THIS
STATE SHALL  PROVIDE  COVERAGE  FOR  MEDICALLY  NECESSARY  HEARING  AIDS
PURCHASED  FROM A HEARING AID DISPENSER REGISTERED UNDER ARTICLE THIRTY-
SEVEN-A OF THE GENERAL BUSINESS LAW OR  AN  AUDIOLOGIST  LICENSED  UNDER
ARTICLE  ONE  HUNDRED  FIFTY-NINE  OF  THE  EDUCATION LAW FOR AN INSURED
PERSON WHO IS LESS THAN SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE, SUCH INSURED PERSON  SHALL
BE  ENTITLED  TO  REIMBURSEMENT  OF  UP TO ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR EACH
HEARING AID EVERY TWO YEARS FOR EXPENSES RELATED TO THE PURCHASE  OF  UP
TO  TWO  HEARING  AIDS.    WHEN  IT IS DEMONSTRATED THAT (1) THE INSURED
CHILD'S HEARING HAS CHANGED SIGNIFICANTLY WITHIN A TWO YEAR  PERIOD  AND
(2)  THE EXISTING HEARING AID WILL NO LONGER CORRECT THE CHILD'S HEARING
LOSS, SUCH INSURED PERSON SHALL BE ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT  FOR  ADDI-
TIONAL HEARING AID EXPENSES.
  (II)  FOR  THE PURPOSES OF THIS PARAGRAPH, THE INSURED PERSON SHALL BE
ENTITLED TO SPEND MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ON  EACH  HEARING  AID,
BUT  SHALL  ONLY  BE  ALLOWED REIMBURSEMENT UP TO THE AMOUNT PROVIDED IN
CLAUSE (I) OF THIS SUBPARAGRAPH.
  (B)(I) FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS PARAGRAPH "HEARING AID" SHALL MEAN ANY
WEARABLE INSTRUMENT OR DEVICES  DESIGNED  FOR  HEARING  AND  ANY  PARTS,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06999-02-1

Co-Sponsors

S3379A (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§3216, 3221 & 4303, Ins L; amd §2511, Pub Health L; amd §365-a, Soc Serv L

S3379A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts "Isabella's law" to require all health insurance policies and medical assistance to provide insurance coverage for the cost of medically necessary hearing aids for children under the age of 16.

S3379A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3379A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3379--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 17, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. McDONALD, LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Insurance  --
  recommitted  to  the  Committee on Insurance in accordance with Senate
  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT to amend the insurance law, the public health law and the social
  services law, in relation to requiring coverage for  the  purchase  of
  medically necessary hearing aids for children under the age of sixteen
  years

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
"Isabella's law".
  S 2. Subsection (i) of section 3216 of the insurance law is amended by
adding a new paragraph 29 to read as follows:
  (29) (A) (I) EVERY HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY ISSUED OR DELIVERED IN THIS
STATE  SHALL  PROVIDE  COVERAGE  FOR  MEDICALLY  NECESSARY  HEARING AIDS
PURCHASED FROM A HEARING AID DISPENSER REGISTERED UNDER ARTICLE  THIRTY-
SEVEN-A  OF  THE  GENERAL  BUSINESS LAW OR AN AUDIOLOGIST LICENSED UNDER
ARTICLE ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-NINE OF  THE  EDUCATION  LAW  FOR  AN  INSURED
PERSON  WHO IS LESS THAN SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE, SUCH INSURED PERSON SHALL
BE ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF UP TO  ONE  THOUSAND  DOLLARS  FOR  EACH
HEARING  AID  EVERY TWO YEARS FOR EXPENSES RELATED TO THE PURCHASE OF UP
TO TWO HEARING AIDS.   WHEN IT IS  DEMONSTRATED  THAT  (1)  THE  INSURED
CHILD'S  HEARING  HAS CHANGED SIGNIFICANTLY WITHIN A TWO YEAR PERIOD AND
(2) THE EXISTING HEARING AID WILL NO LONGER CORRECT THE CHILD'S  HEARING
LOSS,  SUCH  INSURED PERSON SHALL BE ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR ADDI-
TIONAL HEARING AID EXPENSES.
  (II) FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS PARAGRAPH, THE INSURED PERSON  SHALL  BE
ENTITLED  TO  SPEND  MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ON EACH HEARING AID,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06999-04-2

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