Insurance, Health, Accident - As enacted, mandates that group and individual insurance policies cover hearing aids for children covered by the policy. - Amends TCA Title 56.
Companion bill has been assigned Public Chapter Number 199 by the Secretary of State.
  • Bill History
  • Amendments
  • Video
  • Summary
  • Fiscal Note
  • Votes
  • Actions For SB0607Date
    Comp. became Pub. Ch. 19905/25/2011
    Sponsor(s) Added.05/05/2011
    Am. withdrawn.(Amendment 3 - SA0114)05/05/2011
    Am. withdrawn.(Amendment 1 - SA0112)05/05/2011
    Comp. HB Subst (sends SB to dead bill file)05/05/2011
    Sponsor(s) Added.05/04/2011
    Placed on Senate Regular Calendar cal. for 5/5/201105/03/2011
    Rec. For Pass. ref. to: S. Cal. Comm.04/26/2011
    Placed on S. FW&M Comm. cal. for 4/26/201104/20/2011
    Rec. for pass. w/ am., ref. to S. FW&M Comm. Ayes 5, Nays 3 PNV 003/22/2011
    Placed on S. C,L&A Comm. cal. for 3/22/201103/16/2011
    Sponsor(s) Added.03/09/2011
    Action Def. in S. C,L&A Comm. to 3/22/201103/08/2011
    Sponsor(s) Added.03/03/2011
    Placed on S. C,L&A Comm. cal. for 3/8/201103/02/2011
    P2C, ref. to S. C,L&A Comm.02/16/2011
    Intro., P1C.02/14/2011
    Filed for intro.02/11/2011
    Actions For HB0761Date
    Pub. Ch. 199 05/25/2011
    Effective date(s) 01/01/1205/25/2011
    Signed by Governor.05/18/2011
    Transmitted to Governor for his action.05/12/2011
    Signed by S. Speaker05/12/2011
    Signed by H. Speaker05/12/2011
    Enrolled; ready for sig. of H. Speaker.05/11/2011
    H. concurred in S. am. no. 2 Ayes 89, Nays 5, PNV 2 05/11/2011
    Sponsor(s) Added.05/11/2011
    H. Placed on Message Calendar for 5/11/201105/09/2011
    Passed S. as am., Ayes 19, Nays 1305/05/2011
    S. adopted am. 2 05/05/2011
    S. Subst. HB for comp. SB.05/05/2011
    Rcvd. from H., P1C.04/11/2011
    Engrossed; ready for transmission to Sen.04/07/2011
    Sponsor(s) Added.04/07/2011
    Passed H., as am., Ayes 82, Nays 12, PNV 1 04/07/2011
    H. adopted am.(Amendment 2 of 0 - HA0053)04/07/2011
    H. adopted am.(Amendment 1 of 0 - HA0052)04/07/2011
    Sponsor(s) Added.03/31/2011
    H. Placed on Regular Calendar for 4/7/201103/31/2011
    Sponsor(s) Added.03/30/2011
    Placed on cal. Calendar & Rules Committee for 3/31/201103/30/2011
    Rec. For Pass. ref. to: Calendar & Rules Committee03/29/2011
    Placed on cal. Finance, Ways & Means Committee for 3/29/201103/23/2011
    Rec. For Pass. by s/c ref. to Finance, Ways & Means Committee 03/23/2011
    Placed on s/c cal Finance Subcommittee for 3/23/201103/16/2011
    Sponsor(s) Added.03/16/2011
    Assigned to s/c Finance Subcommittee03/15/2011
    Rec. for Pass. if Am. ref. to: Finance, Ways & Means Committee03/15/2011
    Placed on cal. Commerce Committee for 3/15/201103/09/2011
    Rec. For Pass. by s/c ref. to Commerce Committee 03/09/2011
    Placed on s/c cal Commerce Subcommittee for 3/9/201103/02/2011
    Sponsor(s) Added.03/02/2011
    Action Def. in s/c General Sub of Commerce to 3/9/201103/02/2011
    Sponsor(s) Added.03/01/2011
    Placed on s/c cal General Sub of Commerce for 3/2/201102/23/2011
    Assigned to s/c General Sub of Commerce02/22/2011
    P2C, ref. to Commerce Committee02/17/2011
    Intro., P1C.02/16/2011
    Filed for intro.02/14/2011
  • AmendmentsFiscal Memos
    SA0112Amendment 1-1 to SB0607Fiscal Memo for SA0112 (4515)  
    SA0113Amendment 2-2 to SB0607 
    SA0114Amendment 3-3 to SB0607Fiscal Memo for SA0114 (4534)  
    AmendmentsFiscal Memos
    HA0052Amendment 1-1 to HB0761Fiscal Memo for HA0052 (4534)  
    HA0053Amendment 2-2 to HB0761Fiscal Memo for HA0053 (4515)  

    NOTE: Each fiscal memorandum applies only to the amendment(s) identified in the memorandum. The fiscal memorandum must be matched to any amendments that have been adopted.

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  • Fiscal Summary

    (CORRECTED) Decrease State Expenditures - $48,000 Increase Local Expenditures - Not Significant Potential Impact on Health Insurance Premiums (required by Tenn. Code Ann. ยง 3-2-111): Such legislation would not result in a significant increase in the cost of health insurance premiums for plans that do not cover hearing aids for individuals under the age of 18.


    Bill Summary

    This bill requires that certain health insurance policies provide coverage of up to $1,000 per individual hearing aid per ear, every three years, for every child covered as a dependent by the policy holder. This requirement would apply to every health insurance policy providing coverage on an expense-incurred basis, every policy or contract issued by a hospital or medical service corporation, every service contract issued by a health maintenance organization (HMO), and every self-insured group arrangement to the extent not pre-exempted by federal law, which is delivered, issued for delivery, or renewed in this state on or after January 1, 2012. Under this bill, if a licensed audiologist or physician certifies that the child's hearing loss has become significantly worse during the three-year period since the child received a hearing aid, coverage must be provided for a new hearing aid suitable to the child's hearing needs before the end of the three-year period.

    The insurer may require the policyholder to provide a prescription by a licensed audiologist or physician or show proof through other suitable documentation of the need for a hearing aid. This bill would not preclude the insurer from conducting managed care, medical necessity, or utilization review or prevent the operation of certain policy provisions such as deductibles (SEE NOTE).

    This bill would not apply to insurance coverage providing benefits for the following:
    (1) Hospital confinement indemnity;
    (2) Disability income;
    (3) Accident only;
    (4) Long term care;
    (5) Medicare supplement;
    (6) Limited benefit health;
    (7) Specified disease indemnity;
    (8) Sickness or bodily injury or death by accident, or both; and
    (9) Other limited benefit policies.

    This bill will take effect on January 1, 2012, and would apply to policies or contracts issued on or after January 1, 2012.

    NOTE: It appears that the word "shall" between the words "or" and "prevent" should be deleted in Section 1(d).

    ON APRIL 7, 2011, THE HOUSE ADOPTED AMENDMENTS #1 AND #2 AND PASSED HOUSE BILL 761, AS AMENDED.

    AMENDMENT #1 exempts Tenncare from this bill.

    AMENDMENT #2 specifies that the bill applies to every child covered by the policy, whether as a dependent of the policy holder or otherwise.

    ON MAY 5, 2011, THE SENATE SUBSTITUTED HOUSE BILL 761 FOR SENATE BILL 607, ADOPTED AMENDMENT #2, AND PASSED HOUSE BILL 761, AS AMENDED.

    AMENDMENT #2 corrects the error noted above in the bill summary.

  • FiscalNote for SB0607/HB0761 filed under SB0607
  • House Floor and Committee Votes

    HB0761 by Montgomery - FLOOR VOTE: CONCUR IN SENATE AMENDMENT # 2 5/11/2011
    Passed
              Ayes...............................................89
              Noes................................................5

              Representatives voting aye were: Alexander, Armstrong, Bass, Brooks H, Brooks K, Brown, Butt, Campbell, Camper, Cobb, Coley, Cooper, Curtiss, Dean, DeBerry J, DeBerry L, Dunn, Elam, Eldridge, Faison, Favors, Fitzhugh, Fitzhugh, Floyd, Ford, Forgety, Gilmore, Gotto, Halford, Hall, Hardaway, Harmon, Harrison, Harwell, Hawk, Hawk, Haynes, Hensley, Hill, Hurley, Johnson C, Johnson C, Johnson P, Jones S, Keisling, Kernell, Lundberg, Maggart, Marsh, Matheny, Matlock, McCormick, McCormick, McDaniel, McDaniel, McDonald, McManus, Miller D, Miller L, Montgomery, Moore, Naifeh, Niceley, Odom, Parkinson, Pitts, Powers, Pruitt, Ragan, Ramsey, Rich, Richardson, Roach, Sanderson, Sargent, Sexton, Shaw, Shepard, Shipley, Sontany, Sparks, Stewart, Swann, Tidwell, Tindell, Todd, Towns, Turner J, Turner M, Watson, Williams K, Windle, Wirgau, Womick, Mr. Speaker Harwell, Mr. Speaker Naifeh, Mr. Speaker Williams K -- 89.
              Representatives voting no were: Dennis, Pody, Weaver, White, Williams R -- 5.

    HB0761 by Montgomery - FLOOR VOTE: AS AMENDED PASSAGE ON THIRD CONSIDERATION 4/7/2011
    Passed
              Ayes...............................................82
              Noes...............................................12

              Representatives voting aye were: Alexander, Armstrong, Bass, Brooks H, Brown, Butt, Campbell, Camper, Carr, Cobb, Coley, Cooper, Curtiss, Dean, DeBerry J, DeBerry L, Dunn, Elam, Eldridge, Favors, Fitzhugh, Fitzhugh, Floyd, Ford, Forgety, Gilmore, Gotto, Halford, Hall, Hardaway, Harmon, Harrison, Harwell, Hawk, Hawk, Haynes, Hurley, Johnson C, Johnson C, Johnson P, Jones S, Kernell, Lollar, Maggart, Marsh, Matheny, McCormick, McCormick, McDaniel, McDaniel, McDonald, Miller D, Miller L, Montgomery, Moore, Naifeh, Niceley, Odom, Parkinson, Pitts, Powers, Pruitt, Ragan, Ramsey, Rich, Richardson, Roach, Sanderson, Sargent, Sexton, Shaw, Shepard, Shipley, Sontany, Stewart, Swann, Tidwell, Tindell, Todd, Towns, Turner J, Turner M, Watson, Williams K, Windle, Wirgau, Womick, Mr. Speaker Harwell, Mr. Speaker Naifeh, Mr. Speaker Williams K -- 82.
              Representatives voting no were: Casada, Casada, Dennis, Faison, Hensley, Hill, Holt, Keisling, Lundberg, Pody, Weaver, White, Williams R -- 12.

    HB0761 by Montgomery - FLOOR VOTE: PREVIOUS QUESTION AS AMENDED PASSAGE ON THIRD CONSIDERATION 4/7/2011
    Passed
              Ayes...............................................81
              Noes................................................9

              Representatives voting aye were: Alexander, Bass, Brooks H, Brown, Butt, Campbell, Camper, Carr, Cobb, Coley, Cooper, Curtiss, Dean, Dennis, Dunn, Elam, Eldridge, Evans, Favors, Fitzhugh, Fitzhugh, Floyd, Ford, Forgety, Gilmore, Gotto, Halford, Hall, Hardaway, Harmon, Harrison, Harwell, Hawk, Hawk, Haynes, Holt, Hurley, Johnson C, Johnson C, Jones S, Keisling, Lollar, Lundberg, Matheny, McDaniel, McDaniel, McDonald, Miller D, Miller L, Montgomery, Naifeh, Niceley, Odom, Parkinson, Pitts, Pody, Powers, Pruitt, Ragan, Ramsey, Rich, Richardson, Roach, Sanderson, Sargent, Sexton, Shaw, Shepard, Shipley, Sontany, Sparks, Stewart, Swann, Tidwell, Tindell, Todd, Turner J, Turner M, Watson, Weaver, Williams K, Williams R, Windle, Wirgau, Womick, Mr. Speaker Harwell, Mr. Speaker Naifeh, Mr. Speaker Williams K -- 81.
              Representatives voting no were: Casada, Casada, DeBerry J, Faison, Hensley, Hill, Kernell, McCormick, McCormick, Towns, White -- 9.

              HB0761 by Montgomery - HOUSE CALENDAR & RULES COMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage - refer to: House Regular Calendar 1 3/31/2011
              Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail

              HB0761 by Montgomery - HOUSE FINANCE, WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage - refer to: Calendar & Rules Committee 3/29/2011
              Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail

              HB0761 by Montgomery - HOUSE FINANCE, WAYS & MEANS SUBCOMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage - refer to: Finance, Ways & Means Committee 3/23/2011
              Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail

              HB0761 by Montgomery - HOUSE BUSINESS AND UTILITIES COMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage w/amendments- refer to: Finance, Ways & Means Committee 3/15/2011
              Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail Rep.(s) Lundberg, Matlock, Pody requested to be recorded as voting No

              HB0761 by Montgomery - HOUSE BUSINESS AND UTILITIES SUBCOMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage - refer to: Commerce Committee 3/9/2011
              Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail Rep. Lundberg rquested to be voted as No.

    Senate Floor and Committee Votes

    Senate moved to substitute and conform to HB0761

    HB0761 by Montgomery - FLOOR VOTE: THIRD CONSIDERATION AMENDED 5/5/2011
    Passed
              Ayes...............................................19
              Noes...............................................13

              Senators voting aye were: Barnes, Berke, Burks, Crowe, Faulk, Finney L, Ford, Gresham, Harper, Haynes, Herron, Ketron, Kyle, Marrero, Overbey, Stewart, Summerville, Tate, Yager -- 19.
              Senators voting no were: Beavers, Bell, Campfield, Henry, Johnson, Kelsey, McNally, Norris, Roberts, Southerland, Tracy, Watson, Woodson, Mr. Speaker McNally -- 13.

              SB0607 by Montgomery - FLOOR VOTE: MOTION TO ADOPT AMEND# 2 BY Johnson 5/5/2011
              VOICE VOTE: Failed

    SB0607 by Overbey - SENATE FINANCE, WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage - refer to: S. Cal. Comm. 4/26/2011
    Passed
              Ayes................................................6
              Noes................................................5

              Senators voting aye were: Finney L, Haynes, Ketron, Kyle, Norris, Overbey -- 6.
              Senators voting no were: Henry, Kelsey, McNally, Watson, Woodson, Mr. Speaker McNally -- 5.

    SB0607 by Overbey - SENATE COMMERCE AND LABOR COMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage w/amendments- refer to: S. FW&M Comm. 3/22/2011
    Passed
              Ayes................................................5
              Noes................................................3

              Senators voting aye were: Burks, Faulk, Gresham, Stewart, Tate -- 5.
              Senators voting no were: Johnson, Southerland, Woodson -- 3.