There are several legislative issues potentially affecting our children and families right now. Please take time to investigate each on your own and contact your Senators and Representatives to let them know which you support or oppose!
CURRENT and UPCOMING
LEGISLATION we are watching
* Inclusion or omission of a bill, act or movement below does not indicate TXHV support or opposition. We have shared some links that explain each of the bills/movements, but PLEASE RESEARCH on your own and make an informed decision before contacting your legislators!
TX – 86th Legislature Regular Session (2019)
NOT IN SESSION - The Texas Legislature meets in Regular Session for about five months every other year. Regular Sessions begin at noon on the second Tuesday in January of odd numbered years and can last no more than 140 days, ending during the last week of May or the first week of June. Special Sessions may be called by the Governor and can last up to 30 days.
TX – 85th Legislature Regular Session (2017) – completed
HB 490 passed the House Apr 24th
HB 490 requiring health benefit plans to provide coverage for the cost of medically necessary hearing aids or cochlear implants and related services and supplies for a covered individual who is 18 years of age or younger. Coverage is limited to one hearing aid in each ear every three years and one cochlear implant in each ear with internal replacement as medically or audiologically necessary
US – 115th Congress (2017-18)
H.R. 1120 aka the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act To promote and ensure delivery of high quality special education and related services to students with visual disabilities or who are deaf or hard of hearing or deaf-blind through instructional methodologies meeting their unique learning needs; to enhance accountability for the provision of such services, and for other purposes.
HR 1 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - a provision was inserted that would treat a TUITION WAVER as TAXABLE INCOME
S 670 A bill to provide for the regulation of over-the-counter hearing aids.
HR 1652 A bill to provide for the regulation of over-the-counter hearing aids.
(S. 652, H.R. 1539) The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act of 2017 was signed into law on October 18, 2017, ensuring the continuation of an invaluable program for children's hearing health.
S 48 A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against income tax for the purchasing of hearing aids.
HR 508 A bill to expand Medicare coverage to include eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dental care.
NCHAM has some talking points and sample letters for you to consider when communicating with your legislators. Some of this refers only to hearing aid legislation, some is more general.