Hearing Aid Draft Bill Surfaces to Help Students and their Families

Representative Llana Rubel is seeking a cosponsor for a bill that would raise the requirements insurance must cover for devices and services related to a hearing impairment.

Unfortunately for many struggling Idaho families, the cost of hearing aides, cochlear implant, and therapies can run into the thousands of dollars, and insurance currently either does not cover or does not entirely cover the cost associated with these.  This leaves many kiddos attending our schools without the supports they need.

The bill would change this status quo and allow more students and their families access that are out of their financial ability currently.

If you are interested in helping support this legislation, there is a few things you can do:

  1. Erec Redman, Kelly Packer, and Jarmon Wagoner have all been suggested by Rubel as potential cosponsors.  Emailing, calling, and visiting these representatives in support of the bill can help get it on the table. Contact information:
    • eredman@house.idaho.gov  kpacker@house.idaho.gov             jwagoner@house.idaho.gov
  2. Convince Chairman Fred Wood to give the bill a hearing. Sample language to include in your correspondence:

    • I am writing to ask that you pass legislation this session requiring insurance to cover medically necessary hearing aids, cochlear implants and bone anchored hearing aids and the therapies required for follow up care for the D/HH Children in Idaho.

  3. Email the entire Health & Welfare committee at hhel@house.idaho.gov letters detailing why this legislation is important (feel free to share related personal stories and experiences you’ve lived through!)
  4. Write letters to the editor of your newspapers, reach out to other agencies professional organizations, talk to groups to which you belong, and use social media to create ground swell support.

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