House passes hearing aids coverage for kids bill

[private]The Georgia House voted 155-5 Monday to pass legislation (SB 206) that would require health benefit plans to include coverage for hearing aids for children.

Rep. Penny Houston (R-Nashville) said state law has required screenings to identify hearing loss in kids for 15 years, “but some kids still have problems getting hearing aids.”

When hearing aid coverage was included under the State Health Benefits Plan for teachers and state employees, the yearly cost of the benefit turned out to be only $50,000 a year, Houston said.

“Today, you have the opportunity to walk out of here and say, ‘You know, I did something good today, I helped a child,'” said Rep. Terry Rogers (R-Clarkesville).

In other actions, the House voted 163-0 for SB 242, which expands the number of advanced practice registered nurses that a delegating physician can supervise to no more than 10.

The House also voted 164-2 to pass SB 173, which revises the state regulations governing captive insurance companies.

Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs) tried to amend the bill by including the language in HB 523, which restricts the operations of small loan companies.

But Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson) asked Speaker David Ralston to rule on the germaneness of the amendment, and Ralston ruled it was not germane to underlying bill.

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