On June 3, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 57, which mandates that health insurance companies cover the cost of hearing aids for Colorado children ages birth to 18. The law will take effect January 1, 2009. The legislation was spearheaded by the Coalition for Children’s Hearing led by co-chairs Mary Bartholomew of the AG Bell Colorado Chapter and Janet DesGeorges from Hands & Voices. Special thanks to the individuals and groups who worked diligently on this important legislation, including Regina Squibbs, Carolyn Wolfrum, Julie McCloskey, Liesel Thomas, Marcia Taber, Sara Kennedy, Dinah Beams, Vickie Thomson, Dr. Sandy Gabbard, Colorado AG Bell, Hands & Voices, Colorado Academy of Audiology, Children’s Hospital-Colorado and the Advocacy Network, Marion Downs Hearing Center, University of Colorado Hospital, Colorado Association of the Deaf, Colorado Sertoma Clubs, the H.E.A.R. Project, the Listen Foundation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics-Colorado Chapter.
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