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New York

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

Did you know?

12.6% of New York's population has some form of hearing loss.

Past 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.”

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December 10, 2021. CONSUMER ALERT: Attorney General James Issues Alert to Warn New York Consumers to Be Cautious of Companies Marketing Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids.

“Hearing loss impacts individuals of all ages and backgrounds and I urge all New Yorkers to do their research before shopping for these devices,” said Attorney General James. “Companies that sell over-the-counter hearing devices are not held to the same standards as the licensed professionals who provide these critical devices, and they are not required to inform consumers of the risks associated with their products. While consumers may be tempted to purchase these unregulated and unlawful products because of their low prices, the ultimate price you pay may be further hearing loss.”

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Latest 2023 legislative news

AB 9572. Sponsor: Assemblymember Michaelle Solages (D)

This measure requires coverage for hearing aids.

This measure applies to insurers.

This measure is effective 19 days after becoming law.

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SB 794. Sponsor: Senator Brad Hoylman (D)

This measure addresses the conduct of healthcare professionals with incarcerated persons and the states regulations of healthcare licensure.

The measure tentatively takes effect January 1, 2023.

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SB 8640. Sponsor: Senator Luis Sepulveda (D)

This bill requires insurance plans to cover children's hearing aids.

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SB 8684. Sponsor: Senator Roxanne Persaud (D)

This measure requires mandatory coverage of hearing aids by nonprofit healthcare plans, private health insurers and managed care organizations.

This measure applies to insurers.

The effective date is 90 days after enactment.

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SB 9235. Sponsor: Senator Robert Ortt (R)

This measure enacts the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact, and Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact.

This measure goes into effect immediately.

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