(Lawrenceville, GA) – Last week, Senator P.K. Martin introduced Senate Bill 206, the ‘Hearing Aid Coverage for Children Act,’ which will require health plans to provide coverage for hearing aids for children who are deaf or have hearing impairments. The Senate Insurance and Labor Committee will have a hearing on SB 206 on Monday. The Committee hearing will be open to individuals who wish to testify on the legislation.


Sen. Martin worked closely with the organization Let Georgia Hear, a parent-led organization, committed to improving access to hearing aids for children who are deaf or have hearing impairments to improve access to their children’s communication, in drafting the legislation to tackle this important issue.


Obtaining hearing aids in the first few years of life is critical for a child’s development, however many families across Georgia have trouble paying for hearing aids for children as most insurance companies in Georgia do not cover them. Hearing aids can cost up to $6,000 per pair and must be replaced every 3-5 years. If successful, this legislation will allow these children who are impacted to obtain hearing aids so they can hear, interact and live normal lives.


Twenty other states have passed similar legislation.


“I am proud to partner with ‘Let Georgia Hear’ and sponsor this legislation that will directly benefit children across Georgia with hearing impairments to ensure they have the coverage needed to obtain hearing aids. I want to ensure every child in this state has every opportunity to grow and thrive. This legislation will go along way in that goal for many children,’ said Sen. Martin.


“This is an important first step to ensuring all of Georgia’s deaf and hard-of-hearing children have access to hearing aids,” said Kelly Jenkins, Co-founder of Let Georgia Hear.


“We will continue working tirelessly to make sure all of Georgia’s children can have access to hearing aids,” said Jenkins. “The statistics show that early intervention with hearing aids is crucial to ensure that these children do not fall behind. We want all of Georgia’s children to have the opportunity to reach their full potential and it makes moral and financial sense to do so.”


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