Florida Senate - 2019 SB 572 By Senator Baxley 12-01090-19 2019572__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to insurance coverage for hearing aids 3 for children; creating s. 627.6413, F.S.; requiring 4 certain health insurance policies to provide hearing 5 aid coverage for insured children; providing coverage 6 requirements; providing applicability; providing an 7 effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Section 627.6413, Florida Statutes, is created 12 to read: 13 627.6413 Coverage for hearing aids for children.— 14 (1) A health insurance policy that provides coverage on an 15 expense-incurred basis for a family member of the insured must 16 provide coverage for children from birth through 21 years of age 17 for hearing aids prescribed, fitted, and dispensed by a licensed 18 audiologist. 19 (2) An insurer must provide a minimum coverage amount of 20 $3,500 per ear within a 24-month period. However, if a child 21 experiences a significant and unexpected change in his or her 22 hearing or experiences a medical condition requiring an 23 unexpected change in the hearing aid before the existing 24 24 month period expires, and alterations to the existing hearing 25 aid do not or cannot meet the needs of the child, a new 24-month 26 period shall begin with full benefits and coverage. 27 (3) An insured is responsible for the cost of hearing aids 28 and related services that exceed the coverage provided by his or 29 her policy. 30 (4) This section applies to a policy that is issued or 31 renewed on or after January 1, 2020. 32 Section 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2020.