July 14, 2015
On June 15, 2015, Insurance Commissioner Wade issued Bulletin HC-102. The bulletin clarifies Connecticut's mandated coverage for hearing aids under Conn. Gen. Stat. § 38a-490b and § 38a-516b in relation to changes brought about under PPACA. Specifically, the bulletin addresses the general use of age-based benefit restrictions and refers to HHS guidance on what is considered a potentially discriminatory benefit design. Based on HHS guidance stating that age limits are discriminatory when applied to services that have been found clinically effective for all ages, the state has determined hearing aids may be clinically effective for all ages and is therefore requiring carriers to remove the age limits on hearing aid benefits for policies issued or renewed on or after Jan. 1, 2016.
Bulletin No. HC-102 »