senate Bill S6423

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to insurance coverage of up to one thousand five hundred dollars for hearing aids for people under age sixteen

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Jan 22, 2014 referred to insurance

S6423 - Details

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

S6423 - Summary

Requires insurance coverage of up to one thousand five hundred dollars for hearing aids for people under age sixteen.

S6423 - Sponsor Memo

S6423 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6423

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 22, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GIPSON -- 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 30 to read as follows:
  (30) (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 FIVE HUNDRED 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 ADDITIONAL HEARING AID EXPENSES.
  (II)  FOR  THE PURPOSES OF THIS PARAGRAPH, THE INSURED PERSON SHALL BE
ENTITLED TO SPEND MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED  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,
ATTACHMENTS OR ACCESSORIES BUT EXCLUDING BATTERIES AND CORDS OR ACCESSO-
RIES THERETO.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11708-02-4

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