NEW JERSEY

Conversations are happening across the country to ensure safe, quality hearing assistance is available to those who need it. Check out the below to see what’s happening in New Jersey

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Did You Know?

Almost 11% of New Jersey’s population suffers from some form of hearing loss.

LATEST CONSUMER PROTECTION ACTION

January 14, 2022. 

NAAG Responds to FDA’s Comment Request on New Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Rules.

“In response to a request for comments from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding new rules regulating over-the-counter hearing aids, NAAG submitted comments encouraging the FDA to take the below steps to ensure that states maintain a role as regulators in this emerging market.”

LATEST 2022 LEGISLATIVE NEWS

AB 1686. 

Sponsor: Assemblymember Annette Quijano (D) 

This measure requires hospital, medical and health service corporations, commercial insurers, health maintenance organizations, health benefits plans, and plans provided by the State Health Benefits Commission and the School Employees' Health Benefits Commission to provide coverage for the medical expenses of purchasing a hearing aid. This measure establishes that this includes the purchase of one analog or digital hearing aid for each ear at least every 48 months. This measure requires the total cost sharing responsibility of the covered person for the hearing aid, including any copayments or deductibles, to not exceed 15% of the cost of the hearing aid. 


This measure would be effective on the 30th day after approval. 

AB 2547. 

Sponsor: Assemblymember Carol Murphy (D)

This measure requires coverage for hearing aids purchases, regardless of age. 


This measure applies to health insurers.


This measure takes effect 90 days after enactment.

AB 2573. 

Sponsor: Assemblymember Carol Murphy (D)

This measure requires Medicaid coverage for hearing aids and other assistive devices for hearing impaired under certain circumstances.

AB 2685. 

Sponsor: Assemblymember Raj Mukherji (D)

This measure expands Medicaid coverage regarding assistive devices for hearing impaired under certain circumstances.


This measure takes effect on July 4, 2022.

AB 3488. 

Sponsor: Assemblymember Ronald Dancer (R)

This measure requires health care facilities to provide interpretation services for telemedicine and telehealth patients who are not proficient in the English language or patients who are deaf or hard of hearing.


This measure takes effect immediately.

AB 4048. 

Sponsor: Assemblymember Daniel Benson (D)

This measure increases the age, from 15 and under to 21 and under, for which coverage for hearing aids and cochlear implants are required. This measure also requires coverage for all services and accessories related to cochlear implants.


This measure takes effect 90 days after enactment.

SB 1969. 

Sponsor: Senator Anthony Bucco (R)

This measure requires health insurers to provide coverage for hearing aids.


This measure applies to insurers.


This measure would be effective on the 30th day after approval.

SB 2019. 

Sponsor: Senator James Beach (D)

This measure requires coverage for hearing aids purchases, regardless of age. 


This measure applies to health insurers.


This measure takes effect 90 days after enactment.

SB 2535. 

Sponsor: Senator Vincent Polistina (R)

This measure increases the age, from 15 and under to 21 and under, for which coverage for hearing aids and cochlear implants are required. This measure also requires coverage for all services and accessories related to cochlear implants. 


This measure takes effect 90 days after enactment.