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Conversations are happening across the country to ensure safe, quality hearing assistance is available to those who need it. Check below to see what’s happening in Illinois.

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16% of Illinois' population has some form of hearing loss.

Past consumer protection action

January 14, 2022. NAAG Responds to FDA’s Comment Request on New Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Rules.

“In response to a request for comments from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding new rules regulating over-the-counter hearing aids, NAAG submitted comments encouraging the FDA to take the below steps to ensure that states maintain a role as regulators in this emerging market.”

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January 18, 2022. Attorney General Raoul Urges FDA to Preserve State Regulations of Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids.

“Attorney General Kwame Raoul, as part of a bipartisan coalition of 42 states and territories, today urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to preserve states’ authority to enforce their consumer protection laws related to the sale of over-the-counter hearing aids.”

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Latest 2023 legislative news

HB 4654. Sponsor: Rep. Dagmara Avelar (D)

This measure creates a continuing education requirement on cultural competency for licensed health care professionals.

This measure takes effect on January 1, 2023.

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HB 4769. Sponsor: Rep. Deborah Conroy (D)

This measure allows coverage of autism spectrum disorder if ordered by a Behavior Analyst.

This measure will repeal the Behavior Analyst Licensing Act on January 1, 2028.

This measure takes effect immediately after passage.

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HB 5278. Sponsor: Rep. Mark Walker (D)

This measure enters Illinois into the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact.

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HB 5514. Sponsor: Rep. Natalie Manley (D)

This measure removes the age requirement for hearing instruments coverage.

This measure applies to private health insurance and Medicaid managed care plans.

This measure will take effect on January 1, 2024.

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SB 4041. Sponsor: Senator Mike Simmons (D)

This measure requires insurance plans to cover annual examinations for hearing aid technology for patients under 65.

This measure applies to health insurers.

This measure takes effect June 1, 2022.

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