2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:27-46.1gg - Group health insurance policy to provide coverage for hearing aids for certain persons aged 15 or younger.

17B:27-46.1gg Group health insurance policy to provide coverage for hearing aids for certain persons aged 15 or younger.

6. A group health insurance policy that provides hospital and medical expense benefits and is delivered, issued, executed or renewed in this State pursuant to chapter 27 of Title 17B of the New Jersey Statutes, or approved for issuance or renewal in this State by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, on or after the effective date of this act, shall provide coverage for medically necessary expenses incurred in the purchase of a hearing aid for a covered person 15 years of age or younger, as provided in this section.

A policy shall provide coverage that includes the purchase of a hearing aid for each ear, when medically necessary and as prescribed or recommended by a licensed physician or audiologist. An insurer may limit the benefit provided in this section to $1,000 per hearing aid for each hearing-impaired ear every 24 months. A covered person may choose a hearing aid that is priced higher than the benefit payable under this section and may pay the difference between the price of the hearing aid and the benefit payable under this section, without financial or contractual penalty to the provider of the hearing aid.

The benefits shall be provided to the same extent as for any other condition under the policy.

This section shall apply to those policies in which the insurer has reserved the right to change the premium.

L.2008, c.126, s.6.

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