Deal to sign hearing aid bill requiring insurance coverage

- Governor Nathan Deal will sign a bill Monday that will require private health plans to cover hearing aids and supplies for Georgia children who need them.

Law Senate Bill 206, the “Hearing Aid Coverage for Children Act,” will also require coverage for the replacement of hearing aids under certain guidelines.

The new coverage is set to take effect January 2018.

The mandate is also known as “Jack’s Bill” in honor of Jack McConnell, a 15-year-old Atlanta Speech School student, who was the first Georgia baby identified with hearing loss after the passage of the newborn hearing legislation in 1999. He started the 20/20 Hearing foundation to raise money to donate hearing aids to parents who could not afford them.

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