September 21, 2021

1/21/2019 – Final approval given for rule change that will assure coverage for kids’ hearing aids

You may remember that I’ve been working with a group of parents and doctors for over a year to secure insurance coverage for hearing aids for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The lack of such coverage meant that affected families were heavily burdened and many children had to go without the needed devices. Last Thursday, we secured final approval for the rule change that will assure coverage for kids’ hearing aids as well as 45 speech therapy visits. I can’t tell you how excited I am that we finally got this done.

Here is part of the Dream Team that made it happen, moments after we passed it unanimously in committee:

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On another healthcare note, many are wondering what’s happening with Medicaid expansion. After the passage of Proposition 2, Governor Little expressed his intent to implement the will of the voters “in an Idaho way”. As session unfolds, we will learn more about what this means, but I for one will fight to implement Medicaid expansion exactly as passed by voters, without additional barriers to coverage.