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The FSO-HNS is an organization whose interests include the promotion and advancement of the practice of otolaryngology in the state of Florida and providing educational meetings for the full and frank interchange of views concerning this medical specialty. Read more about the FSO-HNS.

The FSFPRS is the official state organization representing facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons practicing in the state of Florida. Members of the Florida Society of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are board certified plastic surgeons whose focus is plastic surgery of the face, head, and neck and are uniquely qualified to perform cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery. Florida Society of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery members subscribe to a code of ethics that guides patient care. Read more about the FSFPRS.


Call to Action: Contact Your Legislators about Coverage for Hearing Aids for Children

Same language, new bill number. As you will note below, there are many issues with this draft language not the least of which is allowing audiologists to diagnose hearing loss (audiologists can evaluate not diagnose which is specially defined by FL statute as part of the ”practice of medicine”) prescribe hearing aids and leaves dangling who does the medically necessary prescription although sentence construction makes it look like an audiologist could do this also. As many of you know from working with these bills in the past, federal regulations require a child to receive a medical evaluation from a physician, preferably “one who specializes in the diseases of the ear” before the purchase of a hearing aid. [CITE: 21CFR801.420].

627.6413 - Coverage for Hearing Aids for Children:

A health insurer issuing an individual policy that provides major medical or similar comprehensive coverage to an insured or a family member of an insured must provide coverage for a hearing aid for an insured child 21 years of age or younger who is diagnosed with hearing loss by a licensed physician or a licensed audiologist and for whom the hearing aid is prescribed as medically necessary. Coverage for a hearing aid prescribed to a child younger than 18 years of age must require the hearing aid to be prescribed, fitted, and dispensed by a licensed physician or a licensed audiologist. Coverage for a hearing aid prescribed to a child between 18 and 21 years of age, inclusive, must require the hearing aid to be fitted and dispensed by a licensed physician, a licensed audiologist, or a licensed hearing aid specialist.

This same problematic draft language is repeated for HMO’s at Section 641.31 (48)(a).

Florida HB 79 2022

Bill Text

State Record

Introduced: 9/9/2021

Sponsor: State Representative Robert Charles Brannan R

Summary: Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids for Children; Requires certain individual health insurance policies & health maintenance contracts to provide coverage for hearing aids for children 21 years of age or younger; specifies health care providers who may prescribe, fit, & dispense hearing aids; specifies minimum coverage limit within certain timeframe; provides exception; provides that insureds & subscribers are responsible for certain costs that exceed policy limit.

Please find and contact your legislators and ask not to vote "no" on HB 79 2022.


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