senate Bill S2151

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires all insurance policies to provide a certain amount of coverage for hearing aids

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to insurance
Jan 14, 2013 referred to insurance

S2151 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง3216, 3221 & 4303, Ins L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S529A

S2151 - Summary

Requires all health insurance policies to provide insurance coverage for the cost of hearing aids; provides that such coverage shall include coverage of at least $1,000 over a three year period; provides that children under the age of sixteen are allowed reimbursement for expenses related to the purchase of up to two hearing aids.

S2151 - Sponsor Memo

S2151 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  2151

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to providing coverage for
  hearing aids

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

  Section  1.  Paragraphs 27 and 28 of subsection (i) of section 3216 of
the insurance law, paragraph 27 as added by chapter 536 of the  laws  of
2010  and  paragraph 28 as added by chapter 589 of the laws of 2011, are
renumbered paragraphs 30 and 31 a new paragraph 32 is added to  read  as
follows:
  (32)  (A)  EVERY  HEALTH  INSURANCE POLICY ISSUED OR DELIVERED IN THIS
STATE SHALL PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR HEARING AIDS PURCHASED  FROM  NEW  YORK
STATE  HEARING AID DISPENSERS REGISTERED UNDER ARTICLE THIRTY-SEVEN-A OF
THE GENERAL BUSINESS LAW OR  AUDIOLOGISTS  LICENSED  UNDER  ARTICLE  ONE
HUNDRED FIFTY-NINE OF THE EDUCATION LAW IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER:
  (I)  FOR  AN INSURED PERSON WHO IS SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, SUCH
INSURED PERSON SHALL BE ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF UP TO ONE  THOUSAND
DOLLARS  EVERY THREE YEARS FOR EXPENSES RELATED TO THE PURCHASE OF UP TO
TWO HEARING AIDS.
  (II) 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  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 ADDITIONAL
HEARING AID EXPENSES.
  (III) FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS PARAGRAPH, THE INSURED PERSON SHALL  BE
ENTITLED  TO  SPEND  MORE  THAN  ONE  THOUSAND  DOLLARS  ON  HEARING AID

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04816-01-3

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