Introduced by Rep. Dennis Flannigan, (D-Tacoma) (D) on January 19, 2005 To require that a group insurance contract, blanket disability insurance contract, and an insurer that offers to any individual a health benefit plan that provides prostheses coverage will include coverage for hearing aids. Covered hearing instruments and related services are to be provided by a licensed audiologist or hearing instrument fitter/dispenser. See Companion SB 5277. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Health Care Committee on January 20, 2005
Substitute offered to the House Health Care Committee on February 24, 2005 To provide additional cost-control provisions. Prior to being fitted with a hearing aid, a person must receive a recommendation of a physician, advanced registered nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on March 1, 2005