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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 781        FILED ON: 1/19/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 325


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



John W. Scibak


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to provide coverage for hearing aids.






Theodore C. Speliotis

13th Essex

James E. Timilty


Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

William N. Brownsberger


George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

James B. Eldridge


Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex

Alice K. Wolf

25th Middlesex

Walter F. Timilty

7th Norfolk

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Michael R. Knapik


Susan C. Fargo


James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Gale D. Candaras


Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Joyce A. Spiliotis

12th Essex

Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk

Robert M. Koczera

11th Bristol

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

Aaron Michlewitz

3rd Suffolk

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 781        FILED ON: 1/19/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 325

By Mr. Scibak of South Hadley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 325) of Theodore C. Speliotis and others for legislation provide health benefit plan coverage for hearing aids.  Financial Services.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act to provide coverage for hearing aids.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1: Chapter 118E of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 9C the following section:-

              Section 9D. (a) Definitions. As used in the section: 

              (i) “Hearing Aid” shall mean any wearable, non-disposable instrument or device designed to aid or compensate for impaired or diminished human hearing; and any part, attachments, or accessories including earmolds but excluding batteries. In the event that any part of this definition conflicts with the definition of a hearing aid in section 196 of chapter 112 of the General Laws, this definition will take precedent for the purposes of this section. 

              (ii) “Related services” shall mean those services necessary to assess, select, and appropriately adjust or fit the hearing aid to ensure optimal performance.


              (b) A health benefit plan shall provide full coverage, subject to all applicable co-payments, coinsurance, deductibles, and out-of-pocket limits, for the first $500 and 80 percent coverage of the next $1,500 in the cost of one hearing aid per hearing impaired ear, every 24 months for insured individuals, and coverage for all related services which shall be prescribed by an audiologist or a hearing instrument specialist as defined in section 196 of chapter 12 of the General Laws, and dispensed by an audiologist or a hearing instrument specialist as defined in said section.

              (d) A health benefit plan shall not be required to pay a claim filed by its insured for payment of the cost of a hearing aid under the coverage required by subsection (2) of this section if less than 2 years prior to the date of the claim its insured filed a claim for payment of cost of a hearing aid under the required coverage and the claim was paid by any health benefit plan.

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