NC Third-Grader Watches Governor Sign Bill He Lobbied For

Gov. Beverly Perdue says a new law requiring North Carolina health insurers to cover hearing aids for young people is proof one person -- a 9-year-old boy who lobbied for the bill -- can make a difference.

Third-grader Collin Tastet of Greensboro and other children stood next to Perdue as she signed the bill into law Monday in the old House chambers in Raleigh.

The Legislature gave final approval May 26 to a bill mandating insurers pay up to $2,500 per ear for hearing aids every three years for children up to age 21. Collin spoke for the bill in committees last year.

Collin has worn hearing aids since he was a baby. He would like to work on other legislation involving children and health.

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  • by beth Location: winterville on Jun 12, 2010 at 10:52 AM
    as a person wearing hearing aids, it is amazing to see what children can do about those things! i wish i had courage to do that!
  • by Momof3 Location: Greenville on Jun 8, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    I think that this is great, why should the people who get free healthcare "Medicaid" have more (or in this case better) benefits than those that pay for insurance. Hearing aids can be expensive and even some middle class families have had a hard time paying for them for their children while some people sit at home collecting others hard earned tax dollars and their children have things "given" to them. However, there are a lot of people older than 21 that could use this same coverage.
  • by jay Location: Plymouth on Jun 8, 2010 at 03:09 AM
    He'll need the hearing aid since his class size will be larger thanks to the liar that signed the bill. I hope she apologized for taking so much money from education.
  • by Common Sense Location: E NC on Jun 7, 2010 at 08:37 PM
    Hey Data Man, Republicans'll complain about socialism for hearing-impaired children, then go cash their Social Security check and charge a massage and a pedicure to Medicare.
  • by Citizen Location: Kinston on Jun 7, 2010 at 06:55 PM
    Hearing aids are already long as you're not a legal U.S. citizen.
  • by hearing impaired Location: greenville on Jun 7, 2010 at 06:37 PM
    This is great for children & for their families as hearing aids are so expensive. There are, however, several of us adults that could use hearing aid coverage also.
  • by Data Man on Jun 7, 2010 at 06:23 PM
    Good job Gov! I wonder what the republicans will have to say about this! Obama has his people in place and I love it!
  • by KHooper Location: Wilson on Jun 7, 2010 at 04:40 PM
    That Law is soooo overdue! My "child" is 27 but there will be mamy more to come...early intervention is so crucial for any approach to childhood deafness!

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