Hearing Aid Coverage for Children in Ohio

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Studies from the CDC and other sources report that nearly 3 to 5 in 1,000 children have a hearing impairment.  A recent survey conducted by the CDC showed that 14.9% of American children ages 6-19 years were reported to have hearing loss in one or both ears.  Another study showed 4.5 per 1,000 of American children ages 3-17 years were deaf or had a lot of trouble hearing without a hearing aid.

Many studies show that hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to develop speech, language, and social skills. Communication plays an important role in today's society and hearing and understanding are of central importance to this.  Modern hearing systems, such as hearing aids, can improve safety and increase the quality of life of these children. In addition, hearing aids improve oral expression by not only being able understand others better but others can understand you better as well.

Surprisingly, hearing aids are not covered by most private insurance plans.  According to most private insurance companies, hearing aids are considered to be "cosmetic" and therefore are not covered.  The cost of quality set of hearing aids are between $3,000-$5,000.  This can become quite costly for families especially since hearing aids need to be replaced every 3 to 5 years.    

Recently, the state of Georgia passed SB 206 that now requires health insurance plans to cover the cost of hearing aids up to $3,000 for children under the age of 18. I am asking that Governor John Kasich pass a similar bill in order to mandate coverage of hearing aids for children with a hearing impairment.

Please sign this petition in order to allow hearing impaired children get the hearing devices they need to become an active member of today's society.

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