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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