BRISTOL - State Rep. Cara Pavalock-Dâ€™Amato, ranking member of the legislatureâ€™s Insurance and Real Estate Committee, was part of a bipartisan effort to secure passage of House Bill 5213, An Act Expanding Required Health Insurance Coverage For Hearing Aids.
The bill expands health insurance coverage to those who are in need of hearing aids by eliminating the age restriction that was previously in place. Prior law required policies to cover hearing aids for children 12 years of age and younger, House Bill 5213 expands upon that coverage to include children and individuals over the age of 12.
The House and Senate initially approved the bill unanimously during the 2019 legislative session. It was signed into law by Gov. Ned Lamont on July 1, and will go into effect on January 1, 2020.
â€śI am pleased to see this hearing aid bill signed into law, and I thank my Democrat colleagues, the Insurance Committee Chairman Sean Scanlon, and all parties involved who worked diligently on this bill to see that this important initiative came to fruition,â€ť Rep. Pavalock-Dâ€™Amato, a Republican, said. â€śUltimately, all of the negative repercussions of unmitigated hearing loss do not outweigh the cost of what it will take insurance companies to cover the purchase of hearing aids, and I believe this bill ensures that Connecticut residents have access to quality health care.â€ť
Pavalock-Dâ€™Amato represents the 77th House District, which includes Bristol.