Health benefits plans in 19 states are required to pay for hearing aids – but 16 of these only cover children. And just three states require coverage for both children and adults. Some insurance plans are exempt from these state rules and the specifics vary from state to state.
Health benefits plans must pay for children’s hearing aids in these states: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Tennessee.
The three states requiring coverage for both children and adults are: Arkansas, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Wisconsin is the only state that requires coverage for both hearing aids and cochlear implants for children.