A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 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.
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.