Good for Hunter Martin.
Hunter and his brother Owen Martin, ages 10 and 7 both wear hearing aids. They live with their parents in Illiopolis, along with Hunter’s twin sister, Hannah, and Owen’s twin brother, Noah.
Up until now insurance companies refused to cover the cost of their hearing aids which can be as expensive at $6,000 a pair.
I know this because I spent nearly that much for mine.
But Hunter (Remember. He’s 10) decided he could do something and launched a lobbying campaign for hearing aid coverage. Earlier this month both chambers of the Illinois legislature unanimously passed a bill, now waiting for Governor Rauner’s signature, to require insurance coverage of the cost of hearing aids for those with hearing loss and are under the age of 18.
Hunter’s parents are both educators. His mom is a social worker at Douglas School in Springfield, and his dad is a history teacher at Sangamon Valley Middle School in Illiopolis. They have good insurance. Their plans do not cover hearing aids.
Those of us who are retirees need to sit down with Hunter and learn what he has learned from lobbying the legislature to address the concerns of those with hearing loss.
The insurance companies opposed the legislation, of course.
Good for the legislature for ignoring the insurance companies for a change.
Here is my question:
Hearing loss and hearing aids are not cosmetic and are needed by people of all ages.
Why not universal coverage, requiring insurance companies to cover everyone who needs a hearing aid?
Maybe we need to hire Hunter as our lobbyist.