AN ACT TO ENSURE THAT PATIENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE THEIR HEARING AID SPECIALIST UNDER THEIR HEALTH BENEFIT PLANS, TO AUTHORIZE THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE HEARING AID DEALERS AND FITTERS BOARD TO INCREASE CERTAIN FEES, AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL CHANGES TO THE STATUTE ON CHOOSING SERVICES OF PROVIDERS. Enacted July 18, 2013. Effective October 1, 2013.
Summary date: Jul 22 2013 - View summary
Summary date: May 14 2013 - View summary
Senate committee amendment makes the following change to the 2nd edition:
Amends GS 58-50-30(b)(15) to clarify that the section applies to a hearing aid specialist licensed to engage in fitting or selling hearing aids as defined in GS 93D-1.
Summary date: Apr 17 2013 - View summary
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Amends subsections (a1) and (a2)of GS 58-5-30 to remove the listing of individual categories of health care providers and replace the list with a general reference to the right to choose services of certain providers as listed in subsection (b) of this section. Amends subsection (b), moving the types of providers previously listed in subsections (a1)and (a2)to subsection (b) and adding a licensed hearing aid specialist to the provider types listed. Makes some additional organizational changes to include all provider types listed in this statute in subsection (b) and renumbers the subsection accordingly.
Makes a conforming change to GS 135-48.51(12).
Provides that this act becomes effective October 1, 2013 (was, October 1, 2012).
Amends the long title.
Summary date: Mar 11 2013 - View summary
As title indicates. Amends GS 58-50-30 to add that insured persons have the right to choose their hearing aid specialists and adds a definition for the term. Amends GS 93D-5 to increase the licensure fee for persons fitting and selling hearing aids in NC to $500 (was, $250). Makes a conforming change to GS 135-48.51(12) (concerning the State Health Plan). Effective October 1, 2012.